Rusty Hunt (L) and Jose Sartarelli signed a Pathway to Excellence Guaranteed Admission Agreement on May 1, 2019. (Back L to R) Sherry Hazelwood, Timothy Maddox, Marcio Moreno, and Paul Townend. PHOTO BY: JEFF JANOWSKI/UNCW

UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli and Lenoir Community College President Rusty Hunt signed a Pathway to Excellence Guaranteed Admission Agreement on May 1. It is the 25th partnership between UNCW and a school in the North Carolina Community College System.

UNCW’s Pathway to Excellence Program provides any qualifying Lenoir student completing an associate of arts, associate of science or an associate of engineering degree guaranteed admission to UNCW. Those who have a 3.0 grade point average or higher may be eligible for a merit scholarship. The competitive scholarships are one-year awards ranging between $1,500 and $3,000, divided equally across fall and spring semesters. 

“We are excited that the Pathway to Excellence Guaranteed Admission Agreement might encourage more students from Lenoir Community College to apply and be admitted to UNCW,” Chancellor Sartarelli said. “I think this partnership will take the relationship between UNCW and Lenoir Community College to a higher level.”

UNCW’s Pathway to Excellence Program creates a great opportunity for students, said Hunt. The partnership allows the community college to expand its LCC Guarantee Program, which provides scholarships for high school students who have graduated with a 3.0 GPA and enrolled as a full-time student at LCC. The student must maintain a 3.0 GPA while attending the community college.

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Originally published May 2, 2019.

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