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 Amaya Villa

 

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 Richmond
Photo:(Shaw Photography Group)

CAMARYN RICHMOND

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.

 

Maggie Stein
MAGGIE STEIN
Maggie Stein is a rising junior honors student, hailing from Dallas, TX, and  majoring in Biology (BS) on the pre-med track. Her advocacy and tenacity has filtered into her service, creating a vibrant masterpiece of positive and long lasting change in her surrounding communities. As a girl scout, Maggie completed the most prestigious award, the Girl Scout Gold Award. Her project, Tell Your Story, focused on the elderly community. She and a dedicated team of volunteers interviewed residents of the Waterford Retirement Home in Mesquite, TX and documented their unique lives in digital and physical story book. At UNC, she is involved in a number of organizations on campus, allowing the themes of her life to guide her journey. She is a member of UNC Flourish, leading grocery store tours at a local Food Lion. Food security is an important cause for her and she volunteers regularly at Carolina Cupboard and with Hope Cooks, preparing weekly meals for the HomeStart Women’s Shelter. Maggie is a mentor and advocate, and being intensely involved with the Black Student Movement has given her the opportunity to lead as the 2019-2020 Co-Chair of The Celebration of Black Womanhood Committee. She will also act as a Spark Counselor for the 2023 Cohort during her junior year. Maggie’s time in high school at The Hockaday School gave her the ability to blossom as a young, empowered woman of color and UNC is her canvas.
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