Can additional letters of recommendation be sent in support of the school’s nominee?

No. Only three letters of recommendation will be accepted. Therefore, students must choose recommenders carefully. References should be able to share insightful information about the student’s qualifications for the Levine Scholarship.

Can homeschooled students receive nominations for the Levine Scholars Program?

Yes. In the absence of high school counselors, homeschooled students can be nominated by professors or teachers. The nominator cannot be related to the student.
 

Can recommenders submit paper copies of their recommendation forms and letters?

No. Recommenders must use the online submission form, accessible through the link provided in the email sent to recommenders from the Levine Scholars Program. This email will be sent to recommenders via the email address provided by the nominee.

 

Do I have to be a North Carolina resident to apply for a Levine Scholarship?

No. Both in-state and out-of-state students will be considered.

How can I change my recommenders after submitting Section A of the supplemental application?

If an applicant discover that a recommender is unable to submit his or her recommendation, applicants should change that recommender immediately. On the status page of the Levine supplemental application, applicants have the ability to remove the name of a recommender they originally listed and replace him or her with a new recommender. After changes are made, the new recommender will automatically be notified via email, but will still be held to the November 8, 2017 deadline.

How do I access the Levine Scholarship application and when is it due?

After receiving a nomination, candidates will receive an email from the Levine Scholars Program that contains instructions on how to access the Levine supplemental application. To be considered for the Levine Scholarship, nominees must submit a complete freshman admissions application by November 1, 2017 and Levine supplemental application by November 8, 2017

How do I apply for the Levine Scholarship?

Interested students must receive a nomination from their high school counselor before they can access the application for the Levine Scholars Program. High school counselors can submit nominations online starting on August 15, 2017. Nominations will be accepted until October 8, 2017.

How many Levine Scholarships are awarded each year?

The Levine Scholars Program awards scholarships to approximately 20 incoming freshmen each year.
 

How many students from each high school can be chosen as finalists for the Levine Scholarship?

There is no limit to the number of students from each high school who can be nominated or selected as finalists for the Levine Scholarship.
 

How will I know if all my Levine Scholars application materials have been received?

Once you submit the online sections of the scholarship application, you will be able to check the status of your scholarship materials by logging into the Levine Scholars portal. It is your responsibility to ensure that the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has received your application fee or approved fee waiver, official high school transcript and official SAT and/or ACT scores by November 1, 2017 and that the November 8, 2017 deadline is met by your recommenders. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

How will I know if I am a finalist?

If you are selected as a finalist, you will receive an invitation in early January to the Levine Scholars Finalist Program, which will take place on February 11-12, 2018. Students who have not progressed to the finalist stage will be notified through their Levine Scholars portal.

If I do not receive a nomination from my high school counselor or college advisor, can I still apply for the Levine Scholarship?

Students who do not receive a nomination may be reviewed by the UNC Charlotte Office of Undergraduate Admissions if they apply for freshman admission and submit all materials by October 8, 2017. Admission officials will review all applicants, and the students whom they choose to nominate will be contacted by October 10, 2017 with instructions for submitting additional scholarship materials. All nominated students will have until November 8, 2017 to submit the Levine supplemental application. If you do not receive an email by October 10, 2017, then you were not nominated. This does not preclude you from being admitted to UNC Charlotte.

Is any particular major required for Levine Scholars?

No. As a Levine Scholar, you can major in any subject offered at UNC Charlotte. We offer more than 80 different undergraduate majors from which students may choose. Click here to view UNC Charlotte’s academic programs.

Is financial need a criterion for nomination?

No. Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, a demonstrated commitment to community service and a capacity for ethical leadership.

May I mail my application materials?

No. All application materials must be submitted online.

What happens if my recommender does not submit my recommendation by the deadline date?

Two letters of recommendations are required to complete your application, while the third is optional. Without two recommendations, your application will be deemed incomplete and will not be evaluated. Applicants are responsible for touching base with their recommenders to ensure their letters are submitted by the deadline. Late recommendations will not be accepted under any circumstances. If recommenders are not responsive to requests, applicants are strongly encouraged to change their recommenders prior to the deadline.

What if my recommender does not receive the notification email?

Emails are immediately sent to recommenders as soon as students submit Section A. Applicants should check with their recommenders to ensure they receive the notification. Occasionally, recommenders will not receive the email if the applicant entered the recommender's email address incorrectly or the email was blocked by a spam/junk filter. If the notification has not been received, students should instruct the recommender to contact the Levine Scholars Office at levinescholars@uncc.edu or 704-687-5880.

What tips do you have for preparing the application and writing essays?

Remember that the application materials and essays are the first items a committee reviewer will see about you. Consider how you want to make a first impression. Application materials and essays should be complete, well packaged and absent grammatical or spelling errors. Your responses should be thoughtful, succinct, and showcase a depth of thought that reflects careful consideration of the questions. The most engaging and compelling essays are clearly focused and tell a story. Your writing should reveal your passions and personality, demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively in writing, and include robust details that cannot be gleaned from your transcripts and test scores.

What types of extracurricular activities increase the chances of selection?

We are not looking for a specific set of activities; rather we are interested in how you have chosen to invest your time and effort outside of the classroom during high school. Have you been a member of groups and organizations? Have you demonstrated leadership that goes beyond title? Have you engaged in research or summer enrichment opportunities? Have you invested significant time in a few large projects, worked at jobs that developed certain skills and/or led community service projects? A laundry list of clubs, organization memberships and leadership titles does not always equate to impactful leadership and/or significant service.

When is the Finalist Program, and what can I expect to happen during that time?

The Finalist Program will be February 11-12, 2018. Finalists and their families are invited to campus for a Sunday evening orientation and dinner with faculty and other members of the campus and Charlotte community. Interviews begin Monday morning with each student participating in a set of interviews. The Finalist Program ends with dinner on Monday evening. Interviews are conducted by select faculty, senior University leaders, program alumni and distinguished members of the Charlotte community. Each interview typically lasts 20 to 30 minutes, and the day also includes a luncheon and personalized campus tour. Additional details will be sent to finalists.

When will I be notified if I am a recipient of the Levine Scholarship?

Letters will be mailed to all finalists on March 1. Recipients will have until April 15 to notify the Levine Scholars Program of their decision.
 

Who can be considered for a Levine Scholarship?

Candidates must be applicants for freshman enrollment at UNC Charlotte in a bachelor's program for the fall term immediately following their high school graduation. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and should present an excellent academic record, demonstrate a commitment to community service and possess a capacity for ethical leadership.

Will you accept the new SAT?

Yes. Students are welcome to submit scores from the new SAT.