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The Dr. Andrea Harris Community Action and Leadership Scholarship 

Previous Recipients

About the Award
The North Carolina Community Action Association is proud to award its inaugural scholarship in honor of the late Dr. Andrea Harris. Dr. Andrea Harris was a trailblazer who never stopped fighting for social and racial equity. As the executive director of the Franklin Vance Warren Opportunity Inc., she was the first Black woman to oversee a community action agency in North Carolina. A leader and advocate for the marginalized and disenfranchised, Andrea dedicated her life to overcoming barriers to economic growth and opportunity, especially for people of color and women in the state. Dr. Harris’ legacy of community service and leadership exemplify the heart of community action and we are proud to continue her legacy by supporting the next generation of community leaders. 

Award Eligibility
The Dr. Andrea Harris Community Action and Leadership Scholarship recipient will have demonstrated interest in a career serving underserved and disenfranchised people and communities. 
Basis of Scholarship

  • Enrollment at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) within North Carolina

  • Student must be a North Carolina native

  • All majors are invited to apply

  • Minimum GPA requirement of 2.5

  • Preference will be given to disadvantaged and underserved students

  • This is a one-time, non-recurring scholarship

Application Process

  • Applicants are required to submit a 1-page narrative on how they plan to address the societal ills related to social justice and equity.

    Please refer to Dr. Andrea Harris’ legacy here and here.

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