The Curtis Harkness Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship established in 2015 to support students from traditionally underserved populations during the first year of college. The scholarship is in honor of the late James "Curtis" Harkness, a passionate student advocate and champion of diversity, inclusion and equity in higher education. He had an outstanding career in higher education, spanning 27 years and three colleges, Lander University, the University of South Carolina-Aiken and Greenville Technical College where he medically retired as Vice-President of Student, Diversity and Community Affairs. He once stated in an interview that his top goal in life was to be a servant to others. He was known for his love of people, and often was called "the gentle giant" due to his height (6'10") and abundant kindness.
The scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential, perseverance in the face of adversity and show economic need (broadly defined). Funds must be applied directly to the cost of attendance and all funds will be sent directly to the recipient's institution of higher education. The total award is $1500, half of which will be awarded in the first term of the freshman year upon provision of proof of full-time enrollment (12 or more semester hours) and the student's identification number. The other half will be awarded during the second term of the freshman year upon provision of proof of full-time enrollment and a 2.50 college GPA.
- South Carolina resident
- Senior at any high school in the School District of Greenville County or a public charter high school in Greenville County
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
- A minimum score of 900 on the highest combined Critical Reading and Math portions of the SAT or a minimum composite score of 19 on the ACT
- Plan to attend an accredited 2 or 4-year college
- Must submit your application, a copy of your high school transcript and a copy of your SAT or ACT scores by February 15 of your senior year.
- Relatives of the JCH Foundation's Board of Directors are not eligible to apply
Selection and Notification Process
- The Board of Directors selects all scholarship recipients.
- Priority is given to high-achieving students from populations that are underrepresented in higher education.
- Recipients will be notified of their award by March 31.
Distribution of Funds
- $750 will be distributed to the student's institution of higher education during the first term of the freshman year with proof of full-time college enrollment (minimum of 12 semester hours)and provision of the student's identification number.
- $750 will be distributed to the student's institution of higher education during the second term with proof of full-time enrollment and a 2.50 college GPA.