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Our Niner Network is talented, determined, inspiring and brimming with influence. For the 49 hours of #NinerNationGives, you can shape the future of The William States Lee College of Engineering by making gifts in any amount to our programs and initiatives. Funds include scholarships (Alumni Scholarship Fund), student organizations (such as ASCE, Rocketry Club and race teams), and student programs (including Leadership Academy and diversity programs).

We are excited to offer matching and challenge gifts again this year, which will increase the impact of your contribution significantly. Gifts of any amount will be more valuable than ever, so please make your contribution now. 

Thank you for your support!

Up for the Challenge? 

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

  • Dean Robert Keynton has challenged engineering student organizations to get donor support - the student group with the most donors will receive $490 for their student organization!
  • YOU DID IT! Thank you, W. S. Lee Engineering alumni and friends, 249 gifts in 24 hours has unlocked Professor Evett's $14,049 reward. But there's still time, and he's now challenging the college to finish strong with 500 total gifts for engineering during #NinerNationGives. It takes a nation, give now to unlock another $14,049! 
  • The W.S. Lee College of Engineering is calling upon all alumni to help endow the scholarship in memory of Engineering Technology Professor, Glenda Mayo, during #NinerNationGives. If 49 alumni rally to honor Dr. Mayo's dedication to student success and love for teaching with a gift to her scholarship, an anonymous donor will reward the college with $15,000.
  • Mechanical Engineering has many highly competitive student organizations which give real world experience and represent Charlotte in national competitions!  The ME Department will contribute a 10% match of any contributions to the Formula SAE IC, Formula SAE EV, and NASA Student Launch Competition teams up to $1,000 each!  Also, the team which raises the most will receive a $500 bonus donation from the Department.

It takes a Nation to support W.S. Lee College of Engineering

Engineering Excellence Fund

The W.S. Lee College of Engineering's Excellence Fund provides critical resources including the creation of new strategic initiatives, elevating and expanding research, supporting student programs, recruiting outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to the College, and providing professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.

The William States Lee College of Engineering Alumni Scholarship Fund

The Alumni Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to undergraduate W.S. Lee College of Engineering students. By donating to this fund, you directly support students who will become professional engineers and alumni contributors themselves. So support the Alumni Scholarship Fund to continue the cycle of paying it forward…it’s one of the best ways alumni can give back to their alma mater!

NEW WINNERS: First Time Donor Challenge
The 6th and 7th winners of Gene '73 and Vickie '72, '81 Johnson's first time donor raffle go out to Bobbi Jo Conigliaro '19 for the Better Together Scholarship, and student Niner Frida Nieto Aguirre for the American Society of Civil Engineers. Thank you for joining #NNG!
GOLD Happy Hour Challenge: Discovery Place
THANK YOU for celebrating #NinerNationGives with us at Discovery Place Science! Graduates of the last decade have spoken - the fund with the most young alumni gifts during the event was Formula SAE IC! They have unlocked a bonus $250.
THANK YOU: Support Scholarships Challenge
Thank you Niner Nation - your generous support of scholarships during #NinerNationGives has unlocked the last $50,000 prize from UNC Charlotte Foundation Board members and friends. Their generous scholarship report now exceeds $100,000, truly helping to build a better Charlotte. It takes a nation!
Congratulations! The area with the most unique gifts in the last 49 minutes of #NinerNationGives was the Atkins Library, unlocking Gene '73 and Vickie '72, '81 Johnson's final $4,900 prize. Thank you all who supported!
2:1 Student Match Challenge
Hey Niner Students! Alumni couple Gene '73 and Vickie '71, '82 Johnson are challenging the Nation to DOUBLE their impact by matching all student gifts 2:1 during #NinerNationGives! That means for every $10 gift from a student, Gene will give $20!
$6,447 MATCHED
Instagram: "Tap In" to the Challenge
Thank you for "tapping in" to the challenge on Instagram and sharing your Niner Pride! Amy Jolly Kennedy's '10 $490 bonus has been unlocked thanks to the many Niners that spread the word about #NinerNationGives through their favorite Charlotte memories.
Ambassador POWER HOUR Dollar Challenge
Shout out to alumnus John Iafrate, A.K.A. "Frate," '02 for being the #NNG ambassador to secure the most dollars during the power hour! You've unlocked Gene '73 and Vickie's '72, '81 $1,000 bonus gift to the fund of your choice. Thank you!
Early Bird Challenge
Shout out to alumni and friends of W.S. Lee College of Engineering - the Glenda Mayo Graduate Fellowship received the most support from our Niner early birds, unlocking the bonus $1,000 prize!
W. S. Lee "Start Strong" Challenge
THANK YOU! 249 gifts have unlocked Dr. Jack Evett's generous $14,049 reward for W.S. Lee College of Engineering.
249 / 249 Gifts
Dean Keynton's Student Org Leaderboard
Dean Robert Keynton has challenged student organizations of Engineering to get donor support - the student group with the most donors will receive $490 for their student organization!
Rank Prize Fund Designation Donors
1 $490 Formula SAE IC 86
2 Formula SAE EV 42
3 American Society of Civil Engineers 30
4 NASA Student Launch Competition Fund 8
5 Engage Women (WE Engage!) Fund 6
Mechanical Engineering Student Org Competition
Thank you for making a difference during #NinerNationGives! Support for Formula SAE IC, Formula SAE EV, and NASA Student Launch Competition has been matched by the ME Department. PLUS: Formula SAE IC has unlocked a bonus $500 for raising the most! Go Niners!
Greek Chapter Leaderboard
Hey UNC Charlotte Greeks! Let's see which Greek Organization can get the most donations during the 49 hours of #NinerNationGives!
Greek Organization
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Kappa Delta 118
2 Alpha Chi Omega 95
3 Phi Delta Theta 75
4 Kappa Alpha Theta 74
5 Delta Sigma Phi 64
6 Kappa Alpha Order 40
7 Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority 24
8 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority 21
9 Pi Kappa Phi 18
10 Kappa Alpha Psi 18
11 Lambda Chi Alpha 14
12 Alpha Epsilon Pi 14
13 Chi Omega 11
14 Alpha Delta Pi 9
15 Chi Phi 8
It Takes a Nation! 250 scholarship gifts have unlocked the first $25,000 reward from Members of the Foundation Board and friends of UNC Charlotte. Stay tuned to see what happens next!
250 / 250 Gifts
*NEW* Support Scholarships Challenge!
You did it AGAIN, Niner Nation! 250 more scholarship gifts have unlocked the second $25,000 prize from our Foundation Board and friends of UNC Charlotte! Thank you!
250 / 250 Gifts
Chancellor Gaber's Student Giving Challenge
THANK YOU, NINER STUDENT BODY! 900 gifts from Charlotte students have unlocked Chancellor Gaber's generous gift in support of areas of greatest need on our campus. It Takes a Nation to build a better Charlotte!
900 / 900 Gifts
'Beat Last Year' Leaderboard
The top three areas who have the largest percentage increase of from last year will receive bonus money! The academic school, college, department or program with the largest improvement will receive $3,000. The area with the second largest improvement will receive $2,000 and the third largest improvement will receive $1,000.
Rank Prize Department % +/- Goal
1 $3,000 Student Affairs +111.30% 991
goal: 469
2 $2,000 The Graduate School +91.89% 71
goal: 37
3 $1,000 Honors College +67.65% 57
goal: 34
4 Cato College of Education +30.72% 200
goal: 153
5 Alumni Engagement +21.18% 246
goal: 203
Provost Bertone's Faculty & Staff Challenge
THANK YOU to all Faculty and Staff that have made a #NinerNationGives gift, 500 of Charlotte's very own have unlocked Provost Bertone's $1,000 reward for the Faculty Development Fund!
500 / 500 Donors
Ambassador POWER HOUR Gift Challenge
Shout out to alumnus Zacch Estrada-Petersen '05 for being the #NNG ambassador to secure the most gifts during our power hour! You've unlocked Gene '73 and Vickie's '72, '81 bonus $1,000 for the fund of your choice. Thank you!
#NinerNationGives MAP Challenge
WE DID IT! It took a Nation and the #NinerNationGives map challenge has officially unlocked, securing the $500 reward from Jolly/Kennedy crew and Outsiders Co. Thank you Niners!
Night Owl Challenge
Congratulations! The night owls have spoken: Formula SAE IC has secured the late night bonus challenge, unlocking a bonus $250 gift for their fund. Thank you!
W. S. Lee "Finish Strong" Challenge
Thank you Engineering Niners for your continued support of the William States Lee College of Engineering. Together we're building the future of Charlotte.
500 / 500 Gifts
'Honor Glenda Mayo' Engineering Alumni Challenge
Thank you for honoring the memory of Professor Glenda Mayo, Engineers! 49 gifts from Niner Engineers have unlocked our anonymous donor's $15,000 reward for the college. You did it!
49 / 49 Donors
Battle of the Units!
Support the UNC Charlotte unit you love the most to move them up the leader board. A gift of any size will increase their ranking!
Rank Department Gifts
1 Charlotte 49ers Athletics 1,117
2 Student Affairs 991
3 William States Lee College of Engineering 526
4 Belk College of Business 245
5 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 240
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