Gold Rush Grant - Fall 2021

The Gold Rush Grant is offered by invitation only to selected students who are within two semesters of graduating from UNC Charlotte and have demonstrated financial need during their senior year at the university. 

Amount of Grant

  • The Gold Rush Grant Program provides a one-time grant award of $1,500 to select students.

Award Timeline

  • Selected students were notified of the grant offer and acceptance requirements by email and mail.
  • The deadline to participate was  July 26, 2021. We are no longer accepting requests.

Gold Rush Grant Future-Building Activities

To receive the Gold Rush grant, you must agree to participate in two activities designed to help you become more successful in your future career, and complete by October 8. Below is a description of the activities from which you will choose:

Write Your Degree Completion Plan
  • Your degree completion plan will describe which courses you will take to ensure you will be able to complete your degree in the appropriate amount of time.  

    • Provide your course listing on this degree completion form.

    • ​​​Make an appointment with your academic advisor through Connect at

    • Meet with your academic advisor to confirm that your plan is feasible and comprehensive. Your advisor must sign the degree plan form.

    • Proof of completion: Email a picture/scan of the completed plan signed by your academic advisor to  

Planning for Your Future - University Career Center Programs
  • Have your resume approved

    • You may first choose to obtain feedback by a career advisor through an appointment or a drop in session. Once your resume is finalized, submit your resume to Hire-A-Niner for approval by a staff member.  Note: please allow up to 5 business days for processing.

    • Proof of completion: Email a screenshot of the approved resume status from Hire-A-Niner to

  • Attend a career fair or meet-up

    • The meet-up (either online or in person) may be for resume writing and/or improving your interview skills.

    • Proof of completion: Sign in at the entrance of the career fair or meet-up and we will confirm attendance with the Career Center.

  • Do a Mock Interview (choose one of these options)

    • Go to Hire-A-Niner and log in.
    • Go to "events" then click "Career Events".
    • Search "Mock" and choose any employer to sign up for a 30-minute mock interview time slot.
    • Proof of completion: Email the interview feedback you receive to
    • Go to Hire-A-Niner and log in.
    • Under Quick Links, click "Meet with Your Career Coach".
    • For type, click "Mock Interview".
    • Choose your date/time and any career advisor who displays as an option.
    • Proof of completion: Email the interview feedback you receive to
  • Participate in online GradReady Financial Literacy modules to learn effective ways to save, spend, and budget your money both in college and after graduation.  You must use the website's tools to earn a minimum of 9 badges.

    • Proof of completion: Email a screen shot of at least 9 earned badges to

Next Steps if you have been selected to receive the Gold Rush Grant...

  • Decide which two of the activities above you will complete.
  • The deadline to participate was  July 26, 2021. We are no longer accepting requests.
  • Complete your two activities by October 8.
  • Submit documented proof that you completed the activities to:
    • Documented proof can be a screen shot of the completed program or a photo/scan of your resume/completion plan/meeting notes signed by the career center representative.