Award & Recognition Opportunities

The Center for Leadership Development is proud to award leadership scholarships as funding is available.


Distinguished Leaders Medals

Are you a graduate of one or more  of the core Center for Leadership Development programs?

  • Emerging Leaders
  • Leadership Fellows
  • Leadership Journey Learning Community
  • The LeaderShape Institute
  • or by achieving the Master’s Level Certification in PILOT

Then you are invited to apply for the UNC Charlotte Distinguished Leaders Medal!

This medal will be awarded to students who have completed at least one of the core leadership programs and who have demonstrated sound leadership while enrolled at UNC Charlotte.  

This medal will be awarded to you prior to graduation and will be yours to proudly wear at Commencement.

The criteria for this recognition is as follows:

  • Completion of one of the core leadership programs sponsored by the Center for Leadership Development
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Good standing with the University
  • Demonstrated leadership/involvement in campus organizations or leadership positions
  • Graduating in December or May (Student's must apply for the medal in the semester that they are graduating)

For consideration for this honor, applicants must:

  • Complete Distinguished Leaders Medal application available on our website:   leadership.uncc.edu
  • Submit at least one reference form from someone (an advisor or supervisor) who has seen you perform in a leadership role or successful project.  Please note: the person completing your reference will submit both the attached form and a brief one-page statement regarding your application. 
  • Write a personal statement which reflects how you have applied and demonstrated the leadership skills and experiences you gained in Emerging Leaders, Leadership Fellows, Leadership Journey Learning Community,  The LeaderShape Institute or Master’s Level Certification in PILOT.  This statement is limited to 500 words and must be typed
  • Completed, signed applications, references, and personal statements are due to the Center for Leadership Development by the deadline.

All applicants will be notified of their status.  Medals will be awarded at a CLD banquet.


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