Office Directory

Mark Walter

University Scholarship Office
Cone Center, Suite 346

BIO: Mark was appointed Director of the University Scholarship Office at UNC Charlotte in May 2014. He received his undergraduate degree in Public Affairs from the State University of New York at Oswego and earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Marist College in Poughkeepsie. Prior to joining UNC Charlotte, Mark directed the state’s service and civic engagement portfolio in the New York Governor’s Office. He has held senior positions in the area of fund development, contract management, and program administration with several national philanthropic organizations. Mark is originally from Syracuse, NY and currently resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife Maura and their two sons Cameron and Owen.  

Lee Ann Parker

University Scholarship Office
Assistant Director
Cone Center, Suite 346

BIO: Lee Ann has served as the Assistant Director for the University Scholarship Office at UNC Charlotte since July 2014.  Lee Ann earned an AAS in Accounting from Rowan Cabarrus Community College and is currently a part-time student pursuing a BSBA in Marketing through the Belk College of Business. Prior to joining the University Scholarship Office, Lee Ann served as the Scholarship Administrator for UNC Charlotte's William States Lee College of Engineering during her role as the Office of Student Development and Success Business Manager for 5 years.  Lee Ann also brings 16 years of finance experience to our office through her role as a Branch Manager for one of South Carolina’s largest credit unions, SAFE Federal Credit Union.  Lee Ann considers the Carolinas her home and resides in Harrisburg, NC with her husband Sampson.  For fun, Lee Ann and her husband Sampson operate a small farm in SC and have authored the book Unthinkable Choice: The Story of Sampson Parker.

Taylor J. Valley

University Scholarship Office
Graduate Assistant
Cone Center, Suite 346
BIO: Taylor is a student in the Master of Public Administration program at UNC Charlotte, and a Graduate Assistant in the University Scholarship Office. In April 2017, Taylor was elected to serve as President of the Graduate & Professional Student Government for the 2017-2018 academic year. Prior to attending UNC Charlotte, Taylor spent six years working in political campaigns on the state, local, and federal levels. Taylor has served as a grassroots organizer, campaign manager, general consultant, and digital strategist for competitive campaigns in several states and abroad. In 2014, Taylor graduated with his bachelor's degree in political science from The University of Akron's Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. Most recently, Taylor spent two years working as a Political Community Strategist for the technology company NationBuilder, in Los Angeles, CA. Originally from Williamstown, WV, Taylor currently resides in the University City area of Charlotte.

Scope and Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight of scholarship administration
  • Develop and manage campus advisory board of key stakeholders
  • Policy-making authority in collaboration with key stakeholders
  • Develop strategic awarding philosophy for the university and for each college in collaboration with deans and key stakeholders
  • Advertise and serve as primary communicator for all university scholarships (excluding Levine) to students and families
  • Serve as liaison between Enrollment Management units, academic departments, Advancement, and Treasury Services in all scholarship-rela​ted activities
  • Contract third-party software and lead implementation, training, and maintenance continually
  • Provide continual training to fund administrators and serve as primary campus contact to departments in projecting, tracking and awarding scholarships
  • Ensure that all scholarships are tracked properly and awarded accurately annually except for those with valid reasons for un-awarding (insufficient funds)
  • Advocate for additional equivalent stewardship for donors
  • Serve as the primary champion of the utilization of scholarships, which includes ensuring that awards are made using a strategic awarding philosophy and seeking funding for insufficiently funded scholarships in collaboration with Advancement