The 2020 UNC Charlotte Loch Walker Writing Award

Graduate Student Award    Ameanté Payen: Writing Cannot Be Separated from Self-Reflection 
My name is Ameanté Payen, and I am a first-year doctoral student in the Clinical Health Psychology program at UNC Charlotte. I received my Master's in Educa tional Psychology in 2013 and took some time off to travel, start a family, support my husband's career, and live abroad. I am originally from Queens, New York, but have lived in North Carolina for the past three years. I support local and international non-profits that aim to help ease children's and families' suffering, especially now during this era of COVID-19. I like to sing, write, spend time with family and friends, go on walks, and read fiction and non-fiction novels.

I was motivated to apply for this award because I enjoy writing and improving my writing skills. My writing piece shared some of the lessons I learned about myself through journaling. I have always enjoyed all kinds of writing and have published a poem and scientific papers. When I learned that the Loch Walker award is a man
who is recognized for his love of writing and wanted to share and improve his writing skills through classes and training, I saw my desire to grow and disseminate my writing in him. I am grateful for his writing legacy and am glad to be entrusted with continuing the impact
that writing has on my life and others. 
Undergraduate Student Award   Nicole R. Melton: Writing Within Me
More information to come, soon!


The 2018 - 2019 University Writing Program First-Year Writing Student Awards Ceremony


Friday, September 20, in the Atkins Library Halton Reading Room, the First-Year Writing Student Awards were held to celebrate the best in student writing.

To view the work of our past winners, visit the First-Year Writing Student Awards page.

This year's winners (from left to right): Kenneth Elrod, Etan Seebaluck, Dina Damiano, and Lesli Kathman