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

Do you know of a young leader who is making an impact in the Charlotte community? 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.

2021 20 Under 20 Nomination Deadline | July 15, 2021
Honorees Announced | September 2021
20 Under 20 Awards | December 2021
2022 Nomination Deadline | June 15, 2022


20 Under 20


CLT Is Creative HUG Grant

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. Special thanks to Charlotte is Creative for providing us with a H.U.G. grant to get this community engagement programs off the ground. 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 a D&I initiative for young people in our community.


GOLD: $3,500

SILVER: $2,500

BRONZE: $1,000


Our Advisory Board / Selection Committee seeks to support The Dean's List mission through volunteering, fundraising, network building, and community engagement opportunities. We are seeking a group of resourceful, energetic and insightful individuals of diverse ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, perspectives and life experiences. This council will be recognized on Dean's List social media platforms, have professional development & networking opportunities, access top talent for internship/job openings, be apart of the first 20 Under 20 Awards in Charlotte, and make a real impact on future trailblazers and the Queen City community. 

Committee members have the ability to -

  • Use your skills, talents, and time to help promote the Dean's List community in our 2021 community efforts 
    (namely the 20 Under 20 Awards)

  • Help us select 20 Under 20 Honorees during the June to July delegation period and review applications

  • Attend the Awards Ceremony in December 2021

  • Mentor honorees and guide young women and men in their purpose to develop as leaders

  • Engage thoughtfully in this empowering network of leaders


Advisory Board Application Deadline | July 15, 2021
20 Under 20 Awards | December 2021