Spotlight: Levine Scholars, The First Four Years

Spotlight: Levine Scholars, The First Four Years

Date Published:
Friday, October 4, 2013

This fall marks a milestone for UNC Charlotte's Levine Scholars: there are now four full cohorts on campus in this prestigious scholarship program.

Funded by The Leon Levine Foundation, the Levine Scholars Program is a major merit scholarship that enables UNC Charlotte to recruit exceptional student-leaders from North Carolina and beyond. This incredible gift of over $9.3 million over ten years provides 15 students in each class with funding to cover all tuition and fees, housing and meals, books, a laptop computer, summer experiences, and a grant to support their community service work while undergraduates at UNC Charlotte. The total value of the scholarship for four years is approximately $90,000 for in-state residents and $140,000 for out-of-state residents.

Scholarship recipients are selected based on accomplishments that epitomize the values of the Levines: a demonstrated commitment to community service, an academic record that reflects a sustained passion for knowledge, and a capacity for ethical leadership that beckons fellow students toward a higher standard.

Current activities that exemplify these values include:

  • The senior legacy project will bring Dance Marathon to campus this fall. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Levine Children's Hospital.
  • Students from all four classes are working in research labs on and off campus with science and engineering faculty; two students have been invited to work in a lab at the Levine Cancer Institute.
  • 28 students have had the opportunity to study or intern abroad in Iceland, Finland, Uganda, India, Cyprus, Spain, France, and Australia, among other countries. Additionally, the first group trip occurred this summer, with many students participating in an archaeological dig in Jerusalem led by Dr. James Tabor of the Religious Studies department.
  • Levine Scholars plan and prepare a meal the first Friday of every month for the residents of the Charlotte Ronald McDonald House (RMH); they also mentor RMH's Teen Board.
  • Levine Scholars have adopted the leadership class at James Martin Middle School and create lesson plans for the entire academic year.

All activities undertaken by the Levine Scholars underscore their collective passion to make a difference in the community and transform their world. While on campus, the Scholars are able to take advantage of many opportunities to develop their leadership skills, social awareness, and international perspective.

For more information, visit the Levine Scholars website.