Office Directory

Mark Walter

University Scholarship Office
Cone Center, Suite 346A

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.



Lee Ann Parker

University Scholarship Office
Assistant Director
Cone Center, Suite 346C

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. 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 and have authored the book Unthinkable Choice: The Story of Sampson Parker.



Melinda DeCusati

University Scholarship Office
Administrative Support Associate
Cone Center, Suite 346

BIO: Melinda has over 10 years of work experience at UNC Charlotte. She has held customer service roles in Undergraduate Admissions and in the William States Lee College of Engineering. Prior to her career at UNC Charlotte, she worked as a Human Resources Generalist. Melinda received her BA Degree in Psychology from Fairfield University. She has also earned a Human Resources Generalist Certificate and completed some Graduate School coursework at UNC Charlotte. Melinda has lived in the Charlotte area for 20 years. She has three adult children. For the past 16 years, Melinda has volunteered in the community assisting refugees with their transition to life in the United States. In her spare time, Melinda enjoys kayaking and hiking.



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