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Derrick Griffith Servant Leader Award

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Derrick Griffith Servant Leader Award

The Derrick Griffith Servant Leader Award was established to honor the memory and legacy of alumnus Derrick Griffith, who was an active student and community leader dedicated to the service and mentorship of others. This award is given to a first generation college student of junior or senior standing who has demonstrated leadership through on or off campus service to others, involvement in student organizations/activities, and a commitment to mentorship. 

Derrick was larger than life and everyone speaks volumes of his tenacity and work being the voice for the underserved.  He challenged anyone no matter who you were, to be better than you are.  He always believed, at any given time and place, you could be better and that our strength in life is to lift others up and always to challenge each other constructively. The Black Alumni Chapter (BAC) at UNC Charlotte hopes you will join them in honoring Derrick's legacy today by supporting this award in his name.

Photo credit Clareese Hill
Photo Credit: Clareese Hill
Derrick Griffith at Commencement
Photo Credit: Clareese Hill

You can double or triple the impact of your gift if your employer participates in a matching gift program.  To see if your employer has a matching gift program, click here. If your company matches, complete your matching gift form and submit it to UNC Charlotte via mail (UNC Charlotte Foundation, 9201 University City Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28223), fax (704-687-7259) or email (mwinslow at

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Not only was Derrick a standout student at UNC Charlotte, he then went on to encourage others students to pursue education with vigor.



Derrick was a campus leader in the early 1990s when he served two terms as student body president.



Derrick was executive director of Groundwork Inc., an organization formed to support young people living in high poverty urban communities.



Derrick founded the City University of New York Preparatory Transitional High School in 2003, which offers youths ages 16 to 18 who no longer are in school an opportunity for full-time study to qualify for college admission.

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