Charlotte Talent Initiative
The Charlotte Talent Initiative is a cohort-based career pipeline program for Charlotte area students. This program funds tuition, room and board for selected CTI scholars for four years so long as they continue to meet the requirements of the program.
The program is designed to create economic mobility in Charlotte, NC by strengthening the career trajectory of talented students from low-income backgrounds. CTI works to achieve this goal through funding education and purposeful co-curricular and curricular experiences such as coursework, internships, mentorship, and leadership development, while removing barriers to educational attainment. Scholars will also have the built-in support of a group of like-minded students and a team to support them through their four-year journey.
The Charlotte Talent Initiative currently offers two cohort experiences. If selected, students will be placed into one of the cohorts. Our two cohort partnerships are with Ally Financial and Lowe's Companies, Inc.
The Ally Cohort focuses on building competencies in data analytics. Scholars in the Ally Financial Cohort will be required to minor in the Computing and Data Analytics minor but may choose any major of their interest, except nursing or education. Scholars will also supplement their academic experience with a forum that builds their leadership skills, applies their knowledge to real-life business cases at Ally and overall prepares them for the internship and career success.
Lowe's Companies Inc.
The Lowe’s Cohort focuses on building general competencies in business functions. A student may choose any major or minor of their interest, except nursing or education. Scholars in the Lowes cohort may be required to take some courses in Excel, entry level courses in business or communication, and supplement their academic experience with a forum that builds their leadership skills, applies their knowledge to real-life business cases at Lowe’s and overall prepares them for the internship and career success.
Students will receive a full scholarship that includes tuition, room, and board.
In addition, students will receive mentorship from the sponsoring organization, enhanced skills relevant to the industry and specific organization, unique co-curricular opportunities and support from a dedicated Queens team.
To be considered for the Charlotte Talent Initiative Scholarship and Program, students must be:
- An incoming first year student.
- High academic performing student.
- Graduate from a Charlotte-Mecklenburg County High School.
- Have demonstrated financial need.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted for the Fall 2023 term.
- Complete the Queens University of Charlotte application by November 15, 2022.
- Complete the additional Charlotte Talent Initiative Scholarship Application.
- Complete the FAFSA or Household Resources Form by November 15, 2022. Need help completing the FAFSA or have questions? Visit our Financial Aid 101 webpage!
- Applications are due by November 15, 2022.
- First Round & Final Round Interviews will be completed in November 2022 through January 2023.
- Final selection of the cohort will be made in February 2023.