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The Dean's List's "20 Under 20" honors some of the most diverse and influential 14-19 year-old leaders. We want to recognize those in Gen Z & Gen Alpha who are giving back to their communities and empower others in all that they do.  

Do you know of a young leader who is making an impact? Nominate them here. Honorees will have the opportunity to meet inspirational professionals from their desired career field, connect with mentors, build their own professional brand, hone in on their purpose, develop traits as an empathetic leader, and become part of an empowering network of future world-changers. 


Honorees are selected based on:

  • Artistic/Educational Endeavors

  • Community Involvement & Volunteerism

  • Leadership Skills & Roles

  • Professional & Personal Achievements

  • Commitment to making a long-term positive impact in the community.


Honorees receive:

  • Professional Headshots

  • 1:1 Mentoring

  • Access to Charlotte professionals from a variety of industries

  • Service Project & Internship Opportunities

  • Connections with other like-minded students​

  • An award plaque 

Inaugural 20 Under 20 Awards | December 20, 2021 at Wray Ward
2022 Nomination Deadline | July 2022

2022 Selection Committee Deadline | April 2022


Thank you for supporting our young leaders making an impact in the Charlotte community. We hope that this awards ceremony and publication will help retain native Charlotteans in the Queen City, create a pipeline of extraordinary talent for local companies, foster creativity & growth for youth, create networking opportunities for young & experienced professionals, bring more jobs and Charlotte-owned businesses to our community, and provide a sense of belonging. We appreciate your consideration and please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!


Sponsors have the ability to -

  • Have job and internship opportunities sent out directly to thousands of young professionals

  • Recruit diverse top talent for roles

  • Have their logo and mission in all Dean's List communications including social media posts,

        newsletters, blogs, etc.

  • Have a table & VIP tickets at award ceremony in December 2021

  • Be part of an impactful DEI initiative for young people in our community.

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