Venetia teen named Levine Scholar at UNC Charlotte

Published Jul 3, 2013 at 6:19 am (Updated Jul 1, 2013 at 9:03 am)

Jaden Barney of Venetia, a student at Indian Springs School in Alabama, is one of 15 young leaders from high schools across the United States who have been named the fourth class of Levine Scholars at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

It is the fourth year for the prestigious merit scholarship program, which covers the cost of all tuition and fees, housing and meals, books, a laptop computer and summer experiences. Additional funding is provided to support community service work during the academic years.

The value of the scholarship is about $90,000 for each in-state student and $140,000 for each out-of-state student.

Jaden is the daughter of Curtis Barney and Mary Fasnacht. This year’s recipients were selected through a lengthy nomination and interview process. Nearly 1,800 high school seniors from 31 states were nominated by their schools.

The fourth group of Levine Scholars will take their place among their peers on campus in the fall 2013 semester. Throughout the school year, Levine Scholars will be expected to actively engage with established community organizations or develop their own resolution to key issues facing Charlotte.

To support their work in service to society, recipients also will have access to an $8,000 grant funded by The Leon Levine Foundation and distributed by the UNC Charlotte Foundation.

For more information on the Levine Scholars Program, visit

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