Gold Rush Grant – Spring 2023

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.
  • Students who submit the participation form by the deadline in the offer email will have their award applied to their student account within two weeks.

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 Apr. 24, 2023. Below is a description of the activities from which you will choose:

Activity 1 – 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 MyCharlotte.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to confirm that your plan is feasible and comprehensive. Your advisor must sign the degree plan form.

Activity 2 – Have Your Resume Approved

  • 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

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.

Activity 3 – 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.

​Activity 4 – Do a Mock Interview

Choose one of the following interview options:

Activity 5 – Participate in CashCourse

CashCourse is an online Financial Literacy module designed to help you learn effective ways to save, spend and budget your money both in college and after graduation.

  • CashCourse provides:
    • A guide to real-life money questions
    • Articles and resources on topics that students can relate to
    • A personal dashboard to track your progress
    • Customizable financial tools such as worksheets, a Budget Wizard, quizzes, and calculators
    • Online financial education courses through instructor assignments or self-study
  • How to Register
  • Selecting Your Instructor
    • ​Once registered, you will select Niner Finances as your instructor in the My Assignments tab.
    • Here you will find the requirements which you need to complete.
    • Your progress will be tracked and monitored as you work to complete your assignments.
  • Assignments Include
    • Be Credit Savvy
    • Budgeting Basics
    • Paying Back Student Loans
    • Getting Started with Saving & Investing
    • Monthly Budget
    • Needs vs. Wants Worksheet
    • Mindful Spending Worksheet

CashCourse is provided to you by Niner Finances. Niner Finances is here to help ensure that you have the knowledge, resources, and motivation necessary to create true financial well-being. As a Gold Rush Grant recipient, you have the opportunity to engage with Niner Finances. Aside from the Cash Course assignments, please also consider Niner Finances a trusted resource for any financial literacy and well-being needs you may have while here at Charlotte.

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

  • Decide which two of the activities above you will complete.
  • Submit Gold Rush Grant participation form by the deadline in the offer email.
    • ​Note: The participation form is shared with those selected to receive the grant via their University email.
  • The award will appear within two weeks of the deadline in the offer email.
  • Once you have submitted your Gold Rush participation form, you will be added to a Canvas course where you can submit proof of completion of your two activities.
    • Acceptable documentation proving completion of each activity can be found in the description above and in Canvas.
  • Complete your two activities by Apr. 24, 2023.