Class of 2018

Megan Woody

Megan Woody is grateful to go to school in a major city like Charlotte because of the opportunities available for learning both in and out of the classroom. She loves that she is a part of forming the traditions for UNC Charlotte's young football team. A double major in public health and chemistry, Megan decided on UNC Charlotte because she wanted a program that would support and push her to grow academically and professionally.

Randy Staples

Maryland native Randy Staples believes that NOLS was a turning point. "I learned that I can do anything I put my mind to. If I am determined and give it 100%, I can get it done." Randy brought this mindset to UNC Charlotte and has used it to propel him forward.A political science major, Randy accepted the Levine Scholarship because he wanted to be part of the close-knit community he first encountered at Finalist Program.

Michelle Rudd

The reputable College of Engineering and the positive impression she had of the Levine Scholars Program at the end of Finalist Program brought Michelle Rudd from Pennsylvania to UNC Charlotte. Michelle’s loves that UNC Charlotte feels like a small community but has all of the resources and opportunities of a large university.

Esteban Mendieta

Growing up on the outskirts of Charlotte in Indian Trail, NC, Esteban Mendieta knew that he wanted to stay closer to home. This, along with the summer experiences provided by the Levine Scholars Program, led the mechanical engineering and business management double major to choose UNC Charlotte. Esteban loves how many international students are a part of UNC Charlotte and the fact that he is a part of a growing university and city.

Matthew Lowry

The summer experiences available to Levine Scholars initially attracted Matthew Lowry to the program. In fact, the Hickory, NC native cites participating in an archeological dig in Jerusalem, Israel as one of his favorite college experiences. While Matthew loves all that a growing city like Charlotte offers, being centrally located to the beach and mountains made UNC Charlotte even more attractive.

Megan Lemon

Born and raised in Maryland, Megan Lemon enjoys Charlotte and the southern charm it provides.The support and opportunities she felt the Levine Scholars Program and UNC Charlotte offered solidified her decision to head to south after high school. "One of my favorite aspects of being a 49er is the opportunity to create new traditions and help build student organizations and other programs."

Larry Lardieri

The close-knit community Larry Lardieri felt among the Levine Scholars during Finalist Program brought the Asheville, NC native to UNC Charlotte. "I appreciate the diverse backgrounds of the students here and enjoy being able to meet people from around the world." He also appreciates that there is much more to Charlotte than just the University.

Gabriella Kroska

Native Minnesotan Gabriella Kroska '18 is no stranger to snow, so the relative lack of it in North Carolina was a huge selling point when she was deciding which college to attend. "The second I set foot on UNC Charlotte's campus, I loved how beautiful and green it was." As an outdoor enthusiast, Gabriella also loves being only two hours from the mountains and three hours from the beach.

Daniel Hicks

Daniel Hicks '18 is majoring in systems engineering with a minor in mathematics. A proud 49er, Daniel has a strong appreciation for the breadth of diversity on campus and enjoys that the University is always striving to improve. It, along with wealth of opportunities and camaraderie between the students, solidified Daniel's decision to become a Levine Scholar.

Kyle Henson

The choice for Kyle Henson '18 to attend UNC Charlotte was simple. "It was the best fit for me, and receiving the Levine Scholarship was an amazing bonus." As a Levine, he has had many life-changing experiences, but he says studying abroad in Spain tops the list. Being in Charlotte does not hurt either. "There is such a cool vibe in this city, and there is always something new to experience and explore."