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Spring 2020 Honors & Awards

The Bonnie Cone Leadership Award, Noble Niner AwardChuck Lynch Award, and the Chancellor's Citations for Leadership and Service provide recognition to students graduating in May, August, or December 2020 who have made significant contributions to UNC Charlotte and shown outstanding qualities of scholarship and leadership during their undergraduate career.

The Derrick Griffith Servant Leader Award provides recognition to a first generation college junior or senior student who has demonstrated leadership through on or off campus service to others, involvement in student organizations/activities, and a commitment to mentorship.

Awards and Citations

UNC Charlotte presents several awards to students during the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony at the end of each Spring semester. These awards provide recognition to students who have made significant contributions to UNC Charlotte during their undergraduate career. Recipients of these prestigious honors demonstrate an attitude of unselfish interest in the welfare of their fellow students and the university as a whole. The recipients must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA, and be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university. 

Bonnie E. Cone Leadership Award
The Bonnie E. Cone Leadership Award is presented to a member of the graduating class (May, August or December) whose leadership, scholarship, and service to the university embodies the spirit of Bonnie E. Cone, the founder of the university who devoted her life to the development of UNC Charlotte. The funding for this award is provided by UNC Charlotte alumni who served as student leaders during their tenure on campus.

Noble Niner Award
The Noble Niner Award is awarded to a graduating senior (May, August or December) who leads with integrity and exemplifies the values of the Noble Niner: Respect, Accountability, Dignity, Honor, Compassion, Character, Nobility, and Integrity. 

Chuck Lynch Leadership Award
The Chuck Lynch Leadership Award is presented to a member of the graduating class (May, August or December) in honor of former Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Chuck Lynch, who served the university with distinction for 34 years. This award recognizes student leadership in building relationships and programs while also mentoring others to reach their maximum potential. 

Chancellor’s Citations for Leadership and Service
The Chancellor’s Citations for Leadership and Service are presented to an elite group of graduating seniors (May, August or December) in recognition of their outstanding leadership and commitment to the campus community. Their contributions help enrich the college experience for fellow students and help develop good citizens and stewards for the future.

Derrick Griffith Servant Leader Award
The Derrick Griffith Servant Leader Award was established to honor the memory and legacy of alumnus Derrick Griffith, who was an active student and community leader dedicated to the service and mentorship of others. This award is given to a first generation college junior or senior student who has demonstrated leadership through on or off campus service to others, involvement in student organizations/activities, and a commitment to mentorship. 

Recipients of these prestigious honors demonstrate an attitude of unselfish interest in the welfare of their fellow students and the University as a whole. The recipients must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA, and be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University.

One application is submitted for these honors and awards, and the Honors & Awards selection committee will determine which award will be given to each award recipient. Information about award recipients will be kept confidential until the awards and citations are presented at the annual Honors and Awards Program. You will be notified of your selection status via email. A personal statement is required in order to assist the committee in getting to know your background and who you are.

A separate application is submitted for the Derrick Griffith Servant Leader Award, and the Derrick Griffith selection committee will determine the award recipient. Information about the award recipients will be kept confidential until the awards and citations are presented at the annual Honors and Awards Program on Monday, April 20th at 6:00pm. You will be notified of your selection status via email. For the Derrick Griffith application, a resume AND a personal statement are required in order to assist the committee in getting to know your background and who you are.

Online applications will be open from 8:00am on Monday, February 10, 2020 through 11:45pm on Sunday, March 15, 2020. No late submissions will be accepted. Applicants do not need to be nominated in order to apply. A letter of recommendation/support is highly encouraged but not required for an application to be considered complete.  Please have any recommendation/supporting documentation delivered in a sealed envelope to Sharisse Stafford in 217 King Bldg, or sent via email to sstaff19@uncc.edu

For questions or additional information, contact Sharisse Stafford in the Dean of Students Office at 704-687-0343, in 217 King Building, or email sstaff19@uncc.edu.

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Below are tribute videos made by CUNY Prep about Derrick Griffith, and that captures him and what he did at the school.