The 2019 Harvey Beech Award was presented to three UNC undergraduates who have continued his legacy of contributing to the betterment of the campus community while focusing on their academic achievement. Named for the late Harvey Beech, the first African-American student to graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill, the awards have been given annually since 1989 to recognize community leadership and support of UNC-Chapel Hill and the Black Alumni Reunion. Winners are chosen based on academic GPA improvement (semester-based or cumulative), financial need, and contributions to campus life. The scholarships are open to all Carolina sophomores and juniors.
The winners of the 2019 UNC Harvey Beech Awards are sophomores Luis Carlos Amaya-Villa, Camaryn Richmond and Maggie Stein.
2019 Harvey Beech Scholarship Recipients
LUIS CARLOS AMAYA-VILLA
Luis was born in La Junta, Colorado, but claims Henderson, NC as his home. He is a rising junior, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Education. Luis is a first-generation college student and the first person from his family to graduate high school in the U.S., as well as the first out of his entire family to make it as far as he has in education. He prides himself on working hard and being the best at whatever he does. “My adjustment to UNC has been long and hard,” he says, “but I am forever blessed by God to be in the situation that I am in. I am honored to receive the Harvey Beech Scholarship and [continuing on] his legacy. Go Heels!
Camaryn is a rising junior majoring in Business Administration in the Kenan-Flagler Business School. She was a Hayden B. Renwick Academic Achievement Awardee and made the Dean’s List in Fall 2018 and Fall 2019. Camaryn is a part of the Carolina Union Activities Board (CUAB) Entertainment Committee, the Black Student Movement and the Minority Student Recruitment Committee. She served as an Achieving Carolina Excellence (ACE) Legacy Leader and is also involved with Queen in You, which is a club to mentor young girls in professionalism, self-esteem, scholarship and service. Camaryn is pursuing a career in financial services because she has a passion for increasing financial stability among the African American community. She will be interning with Wells Fargo in Charlotte, NC in summer 2019.