What is a Crown Scholarship?
The Crown Scholarship is a merit scholarship valued at $81,000, including $19,000 annually for tuition, room, board, and other expenses, and a $5,000 stipend for University-approved study abroad. In addition to a scholarship, the Crown Scholars receive support and enrichment through the Crown Scholars Program, the University Honors Program, and the Honors College, including...
Membership in the University Honors Program
Crown Scholars are members of the University Honors Program (UHP), UNC Charlotte's oldest, largest, and only interdisiplinary four-year honors program. UHP allows Crown Scholars to participate in a variety of different activities that supplement their academic experience and help them to develop close relationships with fellow UHP members, including social, enrichment, and community service events. In addition, UHP allows scholars to take honors classes taught by some of the University's best faculty and in their senior year complete a senior capstone project that allows them to graduate with University Honors.
Opportunities to Participate in Dual Honors
In addition to being a part of the University Honors Program, many Crown Scholars choose to be a part of one of UNC Charlotte’s Departmental and College Honors Programs which gives Scholars the opportunity to complete a departmental or college honors thesis/project and graduate with dual honors from UNC Charlotte. Previous honors theses have included: Constructing a Comprehensive Mapping and Peace Framework through the Conflicts in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo (Political Science Honors), Comparisons of Class-C AmpC B-Latamases (Biology Honors) and Characterizing Groups of Small Order (Math Honors).
Activities Organized by the Crown Scholars Program
The Crown Scholars Program organizes events for scholars throughout the year, including international dinners at Charlotte restaurants, football tailgates, workshops on getting involved in undergraduate research, and workshops on applying for nationally competitive scholarships.
Access to the Honors College
As honors students, Crown Scholars have access to all services offered by the Honors College including events, honors classes, funding to present research at conferences, and specialized advising for nationally competitive scholarships.
In their first two years Crown Scholars are required to live in Levine Hall, UNC Charlotte's newest residence hall. As the honors and merit scholars residence hall, Levine Hall provides scholars with an atmosphere that fosters a sense of community with students across multiple honors programs. Many students who choose to live in honors housing cite it as being one of the most important parts of their early college career, because it allows them to make friends with like-minded students who are there to support and encourage them.
Study Abroad Opportunities
All Crown Scholars are urged to utilize their $5,000 stipend and study abroad at least once during their time at UNC Charlotte. Crown Scholars have previously used their stipends to fund participation in 17 different programs located in 13 different countries, including Denmark, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Israel, France, Russia and Cuba.
Support in Developing a Research Agenda
One of the main pillars of the Crown Scholar’s Program is encouraging undergraduate research: all Crown Scholars are provided with mentoring by the Crown Faculty Fellow on developing a research agenda and identifying faculty with whom to pursue that work. Crown Scholars’ research has included: Emotional Regulation and Cognitive Mechanisms in Social Media behaviors,” “Controlling the Hydraulic Fluid Temperature and Thermal Gradient in a Temperature Controlled Enclosure,” “Investigating the Effects of Grid Equivalent Circuit at a Point of Common Coupling on Bus Voltage Variations due to Variable Distributed Generation,” and “The in vivo effects of PolyDOTs on Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica,” and “DNA Damage Repair and Response.”