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The Graduate School

Outstanding graduate students are the key to the success of any research university. In the words of Graduate School Dean Tom Reynolds, “They are necessary to attract top faculty which in turn drives our research and scholarship forward to the next level.

The driving force behind graduate education is the desire to address business and community needs. Our Center for Graduate Life and Learning delivers professional development, career preparation and a sense of community that equips well-educated students with leadership, cultural and communication skills they need to succeed. Our Graduate Fellowships help provide the resources students need to maintain focus on their studies and progress toward their degree.

Please consider how you can assist UNC Charlotte’s Graduate School in educating and training over 6,300 graduate students whose work in laboratories, private industry and national universities contributes to America’s global leadership. Today’s graduate student becomes tomorrow’s highly trained, skilled leader or employee.

Private donations are vital to support needed fellowships, research activities, professional development and educational opportunities for all graduate students across the UNC Charlotte campus.

Up for the Challenge? 

Make a bigger impact by taking advantage of the following challenges!

  • Dean Tom Reynolds is challenging the Graduate School to make a gift during #NinerNationGives! 49 gifts will unlock his reward of $1,949 for the college.

Shape What's Next for The Graduate School

Looking to take part in #NinerNationGives? Here are three great ways to help support graduate education and students at UNC Charlotte:

Center for Graduate Life Fund 

The Center for Graduate Life and Learning is the heart of graduate education at UNC Charlotte and provides an intellectually stimulating and rich learning environment in which graduate students from across disciplines can build community and cultivate a sense of identification with the University as a whole. The CGLL strives to fulfill its mission by providing a welcoming space set aside exclusively for graduate students, as well as through a wide range of programming developed, implemented, and promoted specifically for and by graduate students.

Graduate Fellowships Fund

Outstanding UNC Charlotte students are supported by generous donors to the Graduate School through a variety of fellowships including the Craig R. Brown Graduate Fellowship. These fellowships award select doctoral and master’s students with funding for a period of their academic career. To review a complete list of Graduate School fellowships, visit our funding webpage

You can designate which fund you want to support, or simply donate to the Graduate School Support Fund and your dollars will go to support the fund in most need.

Claudia Reynolds Graduate Fellowship Fund

The Claudia M. Reynolds Fellowship is a new award established through a gift from Claudia, to support and encourage high-quality graduate students at UNC Charlotte. The Claudia Reynolds Fellowship is open to continuing doctoral or master’s students in any field of study with preference given to non-traditional students who have a desire to make a significant contribution to society by completing the graduate degree.

Coming Together

Niner Nation Community

Every quilt has a story. 

Why did I choose the log cabin quilt pattern? It is one of the oldest patterns and my favorite quilt block to make. It has so many design possibilities and can represent many ideas.

Quilt by Claudia M. ReynoldsThe quilt is composed of log cabin blocks. Each block is constructed with logs of similar colorways. The pattern for the block is constant. The fabric combinations are unique to each block. It all works together and is very colorful. The set is called Barn Raising.

-Claudia M. Reynolds

Last Gift of #NNG Challenge
Shoutout to Zoe Weatherington for making the LAST GIFT of #NinerNationGives! Zoe's gift in honor of her mother, Charlotte 49ers Volleyball Coach Karen Weatherington, has unlocked a bonus $250 for volleyball. Thank you Zoe!
UNLOCKED: Wear Green Wednesday Social Media Challenge
What an incredible "Wear Green Wednesday," Niner Nation. Thank you to everyone that shared their UNC Charlotte pride today, and thank you to Jimmy Touchstone '93 for your inspirational school spirit! 49 pics have unlocked Jimmy's $490 reward.
First Time Donor Challenge
Thank you for supporting #NinerNationGives for the first time! An anonymous alumna of CLAS has unlocked the $250 prize for the college. Go Niners!
*NEW* Support Scholarships Challenge
You did it AGAIN! 75 more gifts in support of UNC Charlotte scholarships have unlocked Susan Jamison's $4,900 reward. We are blown away by your generosity, Niners. You have helped shape what's next for the University's 75th anniversary!
627 / 627 Gifts
49er Faculty & Staff Giving Challenge
THANK YOU, Faculty & Staff! Your support and dedication to Niner Nation is greatly appreciated, and truly shapes what's next for UNC Charlotte every single day. 500 faculty and staff have supported #NinerNationGives, unlocking Keith and Diane Wassum's generous $50,000 reward for scholarships. Go Niners!
500 / 500 Donors
$1,949 for 1,949 Alumni!
The Alumni Association is so thankful for the dedicated support of our alumni at UNC Charlotte. They have awarded #NinerNationGives with the full $1,949 reward in response to your generosity, alumni! Thank you!
Early Bird Challenge
Thank you for kicking off day 2 of #NinerNationGives, early risers! The Bank of America UNC Charlotte Alumni Scholarship received the most gifts this morning, unlocking a bonus $250 for the fund.
*TIMED EVENT* Baker Bonus Bucks
Congratulations to the Black Alumni Chapter Scholarship! This fund received the most support from 4p.m. to 8p.m., unlocking the Bakers' $250 bonus bucks!
1,946th Gift
Sending a big #NinerNationGives shout out to current UNC Charlotte senior Hope Robinson '22! She has unlocked a bonus $500 for Formula SAE IC. Thank you, Hope!
Graduate School Challenge
Thank you for your support of the Graduate School during #NinerNationGives. Dean Reynolds has generously increased his contributions by over $25,000. We are blown away by his spirit for giving back to graduate students!
RACE TO 49: Young Alumni Challenge
CONGRATULATIONS, CLAS! The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences was the first to reach 49 young alumni donors, unlocking an additional $4,900 prize from Gene '73 and Vickie '71, '82 Johnson. Thank you all so much for supporting #NinerNationGives!
75th Anniversary Chancellor Challenge
Thank you for celebrating UNC Charlotte's 75th Anniversary, Niner Nation! By supporting scholarships during #NinerNationGives, you have helped shape what's next for our University. 75 alumni have unlocked Chancellor Gaber's $4,900 reward for needed scholarships.
75 / 75 Donors
149 Minute Scholarship Challenge!
YOU DID IT! 49 gifts in support of scholarships at UNC Charlotte in just 149 minutes have unlocked Joanna Gammon's $249 reward. Thank you Niners!
49 / 49 Gifts
Battle of the Units!
Charlotte 49ers Athletics is the winner of this year's $NinerNationGives Battle of the Units! Thank you to all areas of our great University for participating.
Rank Department Gifts
1 Charlotte 49ers Athletics 1,022
2 Student Affairs 458
3 William States Lee College of Engineering 434
4 Belk College of Business 241
5 College of Arts + Architecture 214
Niner Students 2:1 Match Challenge
THANK YOU STUDENTS! Your gifts have been matched 2:1 by Gene and Vickie Johnson. We are blown away by your support of #NinerNationGives.
$14,074 MATCHED
Battle of the Graduating Classes
Shout out to the class of 1992 for securing the most gifts during #NinerNationGives! You have ranked #1 for this year's Battle of the Graduating Classes. Thank you!
Graduation year
Rank Answer Gifts
1 1992 53
2 2020 47
3 2019 44
4 2018 44
5 2010 43
6 2015 43
7 2017 43
8 1993 40
9 2023 39
10 2012 39
11 2014 37
12 2021 35
13 2022 35
14 2007 35
15 2008 34
Farthest Niner Challenge
BIG thank you to Geography alum Daidai Shen '20! Your gift all the way from Shanghai, China has unlocked a bonus $250 for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences! #NinerNationGives is shaping what's next at UNC Charlotte all across the globe.
UNLOCKED: Turn the Map GREEN Challenge
WE DID IT! Niners across the USA have turned the map GREEN for #NinerNationGives, unlocking our challenger's bonus $500 prize! Thank you!
Greek Chapter Giving Leaderboard
You did it! Kappa Delta has topped this year's Greek leaderboard. THANK YOU to our entire Greek community for supporting #NinerNationGives.
Greek Organization
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Kappa Delta 109
2 Delta Sigma Phi 74
3 Pi Kappa Phi 62
4 Zeta Beta Tau 53
5 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority 25
6 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority 25
7 Lambda Chi Alpha 15
8 Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority 15
9 Lambda Theta Phi 11
10 Alpha Delta Pi 10
11 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity 8
12 Phi Delta Theta 8
13 Alpha Chi Omega 7
14 Sigma Kappa 7
15 Delta Zeta 7
Kevin Bailey Student Challenge
THANK YOU STUDENTS! 1,049 student gifts during #NinerNationGives have unlocked Kevin Bailey's $1,049 reward. Go Niners!
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