In addition to Jakeway, other students from the region selected for the Levine Scholars program include Casey Aldridge from Concord High School and Northwest School of the Arts student Joneka Percentie from Charlotte. Three out-of-state students were also offered scholarships.
This year's recipients were selected through a lengthy nomination and interview process. Nearly 1,800 high school seniors from 31 states were nominated by their schools. From those nominees, selection committees chose 54 finalists, including 36 from North Carolina. The out-of-state finalists were from as far away as California, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, New York, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas.
"The response of top students from North Carolina and around the country continues to be outstanding," said Chancellor Philip L. Dubois. "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."
Diane Zablotsky, faculty director of the Levine Scholars Program, echoed those sentiments: "We are very excited to welcome this outstanding group of incoming freshmen. For the first time we will have all four cohorts of Levine Scholars starting the academic year, with the freshmen adding their own blend of talent and interests. We have recruited very gifted and energized students and look forward to welcoming them to the Levine Scholars Program and UNC Charlotte."
The fourth group of Levine Scholars will take their place among their peers on campus in the fall 2013 semester. Throughout the school year, Levine Scholars will be expected to actively engage with established community organizations or develop their own resolution to key issues facing Charlotte.
To support their work in service to society, recipients also will have access to an $8,000 grant funded by The Leon Levine Foundation and distributed by the UNC Charlotte Foundation.
The scholarships were made possible by philanthropists Leon and Sandra Levine, who committed $9.3 million to UNCC for the merit scholarship program to develop community service leaders. Leon Levine is the founder and chairman emeritus of Matthews-based Family Dollar Stores, Inc. The Levines are involved in a number of civic and charitable causes in the Charlotte region through The Leon Levine Foundation.
"This is truly an outstanding group of young people," said Leon Levine. "We are looking forward to following their progress at UNC Charlotte and their involvement in our community."
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