11th class of Levine Scholars to join UNC Charlotte

Monday, May 11, 2020

Twenty-one young leaders from across the United States have been selected as the 11th class of UNC Charlotte’s Levine Scholars Program, the University’s most prestigious merit-based scholarship.

Valued at approximately $105,000 per North Carolina student and $155,000 for each student from other states, it covers full tuition, housing, meals, books, summer experiences and other expenses. Additional funding for the Levine Scholarship Program supports civic engagement opportunities and professional development during the scholars’ academic years.

Levine Scholars are selected through a robust nomination and interview process conducted by select faculty, senior University leaders, program alumni and distinguished members of the Charlotte community. This year, the program saw the highest number of completed applications in its 11-year history.

“The response of top students from North Carolina and across the country continues to be outstanding,” said Chancellor Philip L. Dubois. “As with the program’s first 10 classes, the students who join us this fall as Levine Scholars are among the very best. We are very pleased that they have chosen UNC Charlotte.”

Established in 2009 with a $9.3 million gift from Leon and Sandra Levine through their foundation, the Levine Scholars Program was created to recruit outstanding high school students based on scholarship, ethical leadership and civic engagement. In 2014, the Levines made an additional $13 million gift, which increased the scholarship from 15 recipients to approximately 20 each year beginning with the class of 2016.

“We continue to be impressed by the outstanding potential of the students who join the Levine Scholars Program,” said Leon Levine. “We look forward to watching them grow through their University experiences and see their ongoing impact in our community, region and nation.

This year’s class of 21 Levine Scholars includes 16 students from North Carolina and five students from outside North Carolina. 

Levine Scholars from North Carolina are: 

David Scott Buckner, Lowell, Ashbrook Senior High School; Bryant De Luna-Peralta, La Grange, North Lenoir High School; Patrick Thomas Deegan, Pittsboro, Woods Charter School; Kaitlyn Frances Gosline, Holly Springs, Wake STEM Early College High School; Karsyn Frances Koon, Harrisburg, Concord High School; Lucas Le, Wake Forest, Wake STEM Early College High School; Malachi Isaiah McMillan, High Point, Southwest Guilford High School; Galen Lucas Miller, Boone, Watauga High School; Brenda Lizeth Morales Flores, Thomasville, Ledford High School; Mia Alexander Nguyen, Matthews, Marvin Ridge High School; Ifeoluwa Joshua Onasanya, Waxhaw, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics; Joysan Jolene Osteen, Hendersonville, Brevard Senior High School; Roshna Ragunathan, Mooresville, South Iredell High School; Jamari Levon Tyson, Raleigh, Wake Early College of Health and Sciences; Jordane Hugh Martin Williams, Fayetteville, Terry Sanford Senior High School; Braelin Alexander Yarborough, Wendell, East Wake High School.

Out-of-state recipients are: 

Natalie Claire Bates, Kingsport, Tennessee, Dobyns-Bennett High School; Mary Catherine Messina, Saint Louis, Missouri, Cor Jesu Academy; Jesse Avery Smith, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Albuquerque Academy; Audrey Noel Whisnant, Tucker, Georgia, DeKalb School Of The Arts; Zoe Margaret Ziegler, Boise, Idaho, Boise High School.