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In the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS), our disciplines are as diverse as our students. Our many departments, applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs unite behind the shared goal of educating critical and imaginative thinkers through inquiry and engagement. We encourage students to dream big and to challenge themselves. We cultivate leadership, self-confidence, persistence and responsiveness in a world increasingly characterized by diversity and change. We also engage the community broadly, through intellectual offerings that draw from the talents of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.

Up for the Challenge? 

  • MA in English alumnus Paul K, ’20 is matching all English gifts dollar for dollar to $2,000 to benefit Student Awards.
  • CLAS alumnae Anne Tompkins '84, and Wendy Grubbs '83 are challenging their fellow alumni to honor a professor who made an impact in their lives by supporting scholarships. 49 gifts in honor of professors will unlock Anne and Wendy's $2,000 reward!
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences Interim Dean Dr. John Smail will provide the three departments that get the greatest participation rate (number of gifts in relation to size) a bonus gift of $349.

It takes a Nation to support the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Fund

By investing directly in CLAS, you are touching the lives of virtually all students at UNC Charlotte, which is transforming the region and state through well-prepared future citizen-leaders.

Harper-Thomas Legacy Endowment Scholarship for Study Abroad 

This merit-based award supports students’ international educational experiences, with preference given to self-identified first-generation college students from underrepresented populations. It also honors the commitment of CLAS emeritus professors Mary Harper and Herman Thomas to help hundreds of first-generation students since the 1970s succeed by embarking upon educational and intellectual journeys around the world.

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Fund

The CLAS Graduate Student Fund helps students in advanced degree programs to graduate on schedule. The fund was established by multiple donors in 2020, in response to the impacts of COVID-19, and supports high-achieving students in good standing during the last year of their graduate degree.

Russell and Sally Robinson Endowed Scholarship for the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Longtime UNC Charlotte supporters Russell and Sally Robinson established this scholarship for incoming freshmen who intend to pursue a degree in CLAS. It provides recipients with financial resources to support their academic experience, including tuition, fee, and other expenses.

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
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!
Farthest Niner Challenge
Wow! Niners across the globe are supporting Charlotte through #NinerNationGives. BIG shout out to double History alumna Toni Riley from Anchorage, AK, for unlocking $500 for the History fund!
CLAS Faculty & Staff Match Challenge
Thank you for supporting CLAS, faculty & staff! Your impact has been doubled by Dr. Cheryl Brown's generous $2,000 match. It truly takes a nation!
$2,000 MATCHED
English Department Match Challenge
Thank you for your generous support of the Student Awards in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences! Together we are able to support the future of students at UNC Charlotte!
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
*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!
CLAS 'Honor A Professor' Challenge
Thank you for helping us honor your favorite professors and supporting the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences! Together we are able to pay tribute to those who helped shape Charlotte.
49 / 49 Gifts
CLAS Battle of the Departments
Liberal Arts & Sciences Interim Dean Dr. John Smail is challenging graduates, employees, and friends of the college to support their favorite department during #NinerNationGives. $1049 is at stake. The three departments that get the greatest participation rate (number of gifts in relation to size) will top the leaderboard, unlocking a bonus $349 gift from Dr. Smail! The battle is on - give now!
Rank Prize Fund Designation % +/- Goal
1 $349 MPA Discretionary Fund +80.00% 9
goal: 5
2 $349 Religious Studies Fund +40.00% 7
goal: 5
3 $349 Language and Culture Studies Department Fund +20.00% 6
goal: 5
4 Political Science Fund -6.67% 14
goal: 15
5 Geography and Earth Sciences Fund -10.00% 9
goal: 10
Gerontology Challenge
Thank you for supporting Gerontology, Niners! 5 gifts have unlocked Dean Catrine's $250 bonus for the fund.
5 / 5 Gifts
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
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