Twenty high school seniors from across North Carolina and other states, including four from the Charlotte region, will make up UNC Charlotte’s seventh class of Levine Scholars when they enroll in the fall.
All will receive full scholarships with other perks – including summer experiences – to study at UNCC for four years. The program is worth $105,000 for in-state students and $155,000 for the seven out-of-state students, similar to the venerable Morehead-Cain scholarships at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Park scholarships at N.C. State.
The scholarship, created by Charlotte philanthropists Leon and Sandra Levine, covers the cost of tuition and all fees, housing and meals and a laptop computer. Each scholar gets access to an additional $8,000 to support community service work during school.
In 2009, the Levines donated $9.3 million over 10 years from their family foundation to seed the merit scholarships. The Levines were so impressed with the scholars that they raised their commitment by $13 million to renew, and expand, the program at least through 2024. The idea was to draw the brightest students to UNCC and Charlotte, helping them develop into public service leaders.
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Nearly 2,700 high school seniors from 33 states, as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, were nominated this year by their schools.
Those from the Charlotte area:
▪ Riley Jones, North Lincoln High School, Denver, son of William and Rebecca Jones.
▪ Elissa Miller, Forestview High School, Gastonia, daughter of Donald Miller and Sandra Tarantino.
▪ Noah Shaver, Mount Pleasant High School, Mount Pleasant, son of Thomas and Brandy Shaver.
▪ Yesika Sorto Andino, Butler High School, Charlotte, daughter of Santos Argueta Sorto and Abel Marquez Andino.
Others from North Carolina:
▪ Christian Chavis, N.C. School of Science and Math, Pembroke, son of Don and Angel Chavis.
▪ Maria Ysabelle Cruzat, Early College at Forsyth County, Winston-Salem, daughter of German and Cristina Cruzat.
▪ Benjamin Fasel, Forsyth Country Day School, Lewisville, son of Michael and Carol Fasel.
▪ Reginald Harper Jr., Clayton High School, Clayton, son of Reginald Sr. and Carolyn Harper.
▪ Elizabeth Kay, Athens Drive High School, Cary, daughter of Michael Kay and Nancy Joyner.
▪ Melissa Martin, Franklin Academy, Wake Forest, daughter of Frank and Vicki Martin.
▪ Kevin Smith, Johnston County Early College Academy, Clayton, son of Charles and Kelly Smith.
▪ Lauren Tooley, Brevard Senior High School, Brevard, daughter of Mark and Ameran Tooley.
▪ Seth Whitley, Forest Hills High School, Marshville, son of Chadwick and Jennifer Whitley.
Those from out of the state:
▪ Kyle Ali, Windsor High School, Windsor, Conn., son of Roger and Yvette Ali.
▪ Alexander Caviness, Dobyns Bennett High School, Johnson City, Tenn., son of John Caviness and Sabrina Yu.
▪ Kaylyn Groth, Seneca High School, Seneca, Ill., daughter of Steven and Jennifer Groth.
▪ Daiana James, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, District of Columbia, daughter of David and Benetta James.
▪ Samantha Lee, Col. Zadok Magruder High School, Derwood, Md., daughter of Sean Lee and Sandy Myers.
▪ Sarah Mullen, Northside College Preparatory High School, Chicago, Ill., daughter of John and Catherine Mullen.
▪ Julia Nelson, Purcell Marian High School, Cincinnati, Ohio, daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth Nelson.