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UNCC gift endows full-ride scholarships

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Leon Levine

Leon Levine

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Through the largest individual gift in the school’s history, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte will create the Levine Scholars program, a full-ride to be awarded to 15 students beginning in fall 2010.

Funded by the Leon Levine Foundation, the merit-based scholarships are similar to UNC-Chapel Hill’s Morehead-Cain Scholarship and N.C. State University’s Park Scholarship.

Valued at $90,000 over four years for in-state students and $137,000 for out-of-state students, the scholarship covers tuition, fees, room and board, books, a computer, four summer experiences and an $8,000 grant to support community-service work.

Over the next decade alone, the Levine Foundation will fund more than $9.3 million in scholarships through the program.

The Levine Foundation was created by Leon Levine, founder of Family Dollar Stores, and his wife Sandra.

“We hope that the Levine Scholars will engage in lives of learning, service and leadership while completing their education at UNC-Charlotte and will keep their ties to the region long after their graduation,” Leon Levine says in a statement.

UNC-Charlotte is the fourth-largest of the UNC system schools and will enroll more than 24,000 students this fall.

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