The Martin Scholars Program is one of UNC Charlotte's leading merit scholarship programs, established in 2016 through the generosity of UNC Charlotte alumni Demond T. (’97) and Twakia "Kia" (’98) Martin. The Martin Scholars Program is housed in the Honors College in order to support high-achieving students with the highest level of financial need. With around 20 scholars in the program, the scholarship helps to relieve students of financial concerns, allowing them to pursue academic excellence and personal development. In addition, the program provides students with opportunities for professional development through specialized programing and financial assistance in studying abroad or completing an internship.
The Martin Scholars Program is open to entering freshmen, transfer students, and current UNC Charlotte undergraduate students who are Pell-eligible with zero Expected Family Contribution. The program places a strong emphasis on commitment to academics, campus and community involvement, and making the most of the college experience. The program expects students to join an honors program.