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UNCC, Union County Public Schools Announce Scholarship To Honor Reed Parlier

Reed Parlier, 19, of Midland, N.C.

UNC Charlotte and Union County Public Schools announced Friday the establishment of a memorial scholarship to honor Ellis "Reed" Parlier, one of two students killed in a shooting at UNC Charlotte on the last day of spring classes in April.

The scholarship, funded by an anonymous donor and friends of the Parlier family, will award a typical amount of $18,000 and be awarded to a student who possessed many of Parlier's qualities: He was known as a kind, quiet, witty young man who studied IT software development in hopes of becoming a game developer.

It will be administered by UNCC's College of Computing and Informatics, with preference given to students in the Central Academy of Technology and Arts -- from which Parlier was a 2017 graduate.

Specific criteria include:

  • awarded to a freshman;
  • all majors are eligible, but preference will be given to a student planning to pursue a BS in computer science with a concentration in artificial intelligence, robotics or gaming;
  • high school GPA should be 3.0 - 4.0. 

The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2020. To apply for this, scholarship, visit the NinerScholars Portal. For more information about this scholarship, contact Sara Kim at 704-687-8380 or the University Scholarship Office at Scholarships@uncc.edu or 704-687-5871.

Jodie Valade has been a Digital News and Engagement Editor for WFAE since 2019. Since moving to Charlotte in 2015, she has worked as a digital content producer for NASCAR.com and a freelance writer for publications ranging from Charlotte magazine to The Athletic to The Washington Post and New York Times. Before that, Jodie was an award-winning sports features and enterprise reporter at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. She also worked at The Dallas Morning News covering the Dallas Mavericks — where she became Mark Cuban's lifelong email pen pal — and at The Kansas City Star. She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Master of Education from John Carroll University. She is originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan.