Northeastern University–Charlotte

with Presenting Partner Tryon Medical Partners

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In its inaugural year, the Heart of Charlotte Awards offers grants and awards to individuals and community organizations to support collaborations, partnerships, and leadership. Honorees are celebrated for their exceptional commitment to bettering the Charlotte metro community by strengthening neighborhood connections, investing in educational achievement, creating jobs and supporting business development, and fostering social, racial, and health equity.

Nominations now extended through September 10, 2021!

Nomination Instructions and Selection

Who can apply?


Nominations are free and open to all individuals who reside in or work in the Charlotte metro area and organizations that have offices with a Charlotte metro address. The Charlotte metro area includes Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan and Union counties in North Carolina and Chester, Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina.

How to apply?


To nominate a deserving individual or organization for the Heart of Charlotte Awards, please complete the online nomination form by Friday, September 10, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Selection Process and Winner Recognition


Applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of representatives of Northeastern and community leaders from partner organizations.


Award winners and finalists will be recognized at the Pancakes & Partnerships appreciation breakfast in Fall 2021. Additionally, award recipients will be acknowledged on our website and social media channels, as well as in media outreach and an upcoming Local Leaders Global Impact speaker series event.

Award Categories

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Frontline Worker of the Year (Individual Award)

Honoring a healthcare worker in the community who is dedicated to fostering health equity.

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Educational Leader of the Year (Individual Award)

Honoring a leader in the community that has gone above and beyond to invest in educational achievement.

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Community Leader of the Year (Individual Award)

Celebrating an individual that is making a difference in the Charlotte community by strengthening neighborhood connections, creating jobs, supporting business development and/or fostering social and racial equity.

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Community Engagement Award (Northeastern Individual Award)

Recognizing exceptional Northeastern University students, alumni and/or faculty and staff who are committed to creating reciprocal partnerships that are mutually respectful, socially and ethically responsive, strategic and purposeful.

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Community Partner of the Year (Organization Award)

Recognizing an organization that is making an impact on the community through its commitment to strengthening neighborhood connections, creating jobs, supporting business development and/or fostering social and racial equity.

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Note: While nominations are only accepted through the online form, it is highly recommended that you save a draft of your reason for nominating the individual or organization in a text-based document (e.g., Word, Google Docs), then copy and paste into the online form. Click the black button above to view a PDF version of the form.

Presenting Partner

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Tryon Medical Partners is a medical practice dedicated to maintaining trusted patient-doctor relationships, providing excellent and innovative care, and giving patients the choices in healthcare that they deserve. The physicians who comprise Tryon Medical Partners practice internal and family medicine, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, rheumatology and sleep medicine. Tryon Medical Partners has nine locations to serve the greater Charlotte area. For more information on Tryon Medical Partners, and to register as a patient, visit Tryon Medical Partners.

Partnership Opportunities

Join us as a Media Partner or Food & Beverage Partner. For details, please contact Carlie Houchins, Director of Learner and Enterprise Engagement, at c.houchins@northeastern.edu or 704.954.8847.