A donation from Leon and Sandra Levine through their foundation of $13 million was recently made to the Levine Scholars program at UNC Charlotte. This large donation  from the Levines will be used for the extension of the Levine Scholars program in coming years.

Currently, the Levine Scholars program supports around 15 new students annually, providing recipients with scholarships covering tuition and housing costs, program related summer excursions, grants for service projects and it also provides scholars with the opportunities to develop as future leaders. Through the Levine’s gift, the program hopes to add five additional scholars per year to the number that are currently accepted each year.

The extension of the scholars program comes with much gratitude from those who oversee the program. “We really want to focus on celebrating the support and thanking the Levines for investing in UNC Charlotte … the fact that they chose [to donate to] the scholars program, we think, is great,” said Dr. Diane Zablotsky, Director of the Levine Scholars program.  Zablotsky says she is excited that the program will be able to continue on in supporting additional students each year.

Gratitude for the grant has also been expressed by UNC Charlotte Chancellor Dr. Phil Dubois. “The Levines’ generosity, as expressed in the Levine Scholars Program, has had a clear and immediate impact on our campus and will pay, through the achievements of our graduates, important dividends to our city and region for years to come,” said Dubois in an earlier statement.

In light of the gift, the university plans to dedicate a new residence hall in honor of the Levines for their generosity to UNC Charlotte. Construction of the residence hall is planned to begin next semester. The new residence hall will have space for the offices of the Levine Scholars program and also the University Honors Program. The new residence hall will be located near Sanford and Moore Halls.

The new residence hall will house many of the Levine scholars and students in the Honor’s Program. The residence hall will house 425 students and will have study areas, event space and even a small hotel space to accommodate traveling instructors. The completion date of this project is set for summer 2016.

For more information on the Levine Scholars Program, visit www.levinescholars.uncc.edu.