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UNC Charlotte names Levine Scholars

Fifteen students from across the United States, including six from the Charlotte region, have been named to the fourth class of Levine Scholars at UNC Charlotte.

The scholarship provides a full ride, including tuition and fees, housing, meals, books, a laptop and summer experiences. The value is about $90,000 for each in-state student and $140,000 for each out-of-state student.

Nearly 1,800 high school seniors from 31 states were nominated by their schools.

“The response of top students from North Carolina and around the country continues to be outstanding,” Chancellor Phil Dubois said in a news release. “As with the first three classes, the students who will join us this coming fall as Levine Scholars are among the very best that can be found. We’re very pleased that they have chosen UNC Charlotte.”

In 2009, Charlotte philanthropists Leon and Sandra Levine donated $9.3 million over 10 years to set up the merit scholarships.

To support their service work, recipients also will have access to an $8,000 grant funded by The Leon Levine Foundation and distributed by the UNC Charlotte Foundation.

“This is truly an outstanding group of young people,” Leon Levine said in the news release. “We are looking forward to following their progress at UNC Charlotte and their involvement in our community.”

The 12 Levine Scholars from North Carolina are:

• Casey Aldridge, Concord High School, Concord, son of William and Sandra Aldridge.

• Bailey Allen, Whiteville High School, Whiteville, son of Bobby and Tracie Allen.

• Vincent Cahill, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Elkin (hometown), son of Barry and Mary Blackburn.

• Jefferson Cooper, D. H. Conley High School, Greenville, son of Nelson and Mary Cooper.

• Caroline Fowle, Raleigh Charter High School, Raleigh, daughter of David and Elizabeth Fowle.

• Addison Goff, Ashbrook Senior High School, Gastonia, daughter of Darius Goff and Christine Peeler.

• Eileen Jakeway, William A. Hough High School, Huntersville, daughter of Patrick and Angela Jakeway.

• Ryan Mach, Burns High School, Shelby, son of Randall and Maryanne Mach.

• Joneka Percentie, Northwest School of the Arts, Charlotte, daughter of John and Ila Percentie.

• Austin Philemon, Wesley Chapel Christian Academy, Monroe, son of Stephen and Sherri Philemon.

• Jamie Smith, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Raleigh (hometown), daughter of Timothy and Shirley Lee Smith.

• Davis Vaughan, High Point Christian Academy, High Point, son of Victor and Patricia Vaughan.

The three out-of-state recipients:

• Jaden Barney, Indian Springs School, Venetia, Pa. (hometown), daughter of Curtis Barney and Mary Fasnacht.

• Isabella Calpakis, Manhasset High School, Manhasset, N.Y., daughter of Gregory and Melita Calpakis.

• Jenny Jessen, Annandale High School, Annandale, Va., daughter of Peder and Nancy Jessen.

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