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Named for the late Harvey Beech, the first African-American student to graduate from UNC. The Harvey Beech scholarship is awarded annually to three UNC-Chapel Hill students. Winners are chosen based on academic GPA improvement (semester-based or cumulative) and contributions to campus life. The scholarship is open to all sophomores and juniors at UNC-Chapel Hill. Click here for FAQs

Scholarship Selection Guidelines

  1. The scholarship committee shall be composed of representatives of the multiple student organizations and administrative units, and led by the University Office for Diversity & Inclusion with the Office for Scholarships and Student Aid as an advisory partner.
  2. The scholarship committee shall determine the scholarship recipients based on (in order of importance): academic GPA improvement from within the previous academic year (semester or cumulative for one year), contributions to campus life, and demonstrate financial need (impact of scholarship). Scholarships shall be awarded in coordination with the University’s Office of Student Aid.
  3. The Scholarship Committee shall award (3) scholarships in the amount of $1,500. The scholarship recipient(s) will be selected by the close of the Spring semester and awarded at the beginning of the following Fall semester.
  4. To apply: Submit the form below by Saturday, February 1, 2020. 

Submissions for 2020 have now been closed. Please check here in early 2021 to submit an application for 2021.

2020 Harvey Beech Scholarship Recipients


Dimple Mahadeshwar


Dimple is a junior majoring in Statistics and Analytics and minoring in Social and Economic Justice and Entrepreneurship. She is a member of the 2020 Adams Apprenticeship and Dean’s List Recipient in Spring 2018 and Fall 2019. During her time at Carolina, she has been deeply involved in Carolina Women in Business, acting as a mentor for club members and serving as the Vice President of Finance. Her time on the executive board has been focused on increasing opportunities and resources for women at UNC interested in a business career by working to make the club more affordable for its members. She also serves on the board of Carolina Creates, where she has worked to help students overcome various barriers in order to encourage student creativity, innovation, and collaboration. As an Admissions Ambassador, she enjoys sharing her Carolina journey by giving tours and speaking with potential students in hopes of encouraging students from diverse backgrounds to join the Carolina family. She also loves to dance on UNC Chalkaa, UNC’s nationally-ranked competitive Bollywood fusion dance team.

She will be interning with Ernst & Young in the summer of 2020 as a Business Advisory Intern in their National Healthcare practice. Dimple hopes to leverage her experiences at Carolina to work towards her goal of making healthcare accessible and affordable in America. She is thankful to receive this award and hopes to continue Harvey Beech’s legacy to pursue equity and equal opportunity for all.



Samuel NdukweSamuel Ndukwe is a junior majoring in Health Policy and Management. He serves as a mentor for the Student National Medical Association Future Leaders in Health Program and as a leader for the Communiversity Youth Program. “I am passionate about mentorship because I would not be where I am today if it were not for my mentors pouring into me,” he says. He is also a student ambassador for the Gillings School and a Buckley Public Service Scholar. “As a Gillings ambassador, I have been able to enter spaces that lack diversity and demonstrate how exceptional people of color can perform.”

He has also studied health equity and disparities that burden families in underprivileged communities and applied this knowledge to medical trips in Honduras where he was able to help establish family clinics and assist doctors with treating families in rural areas. “Ultimately,” he says, “I hope to divert the trajectory of health trends burdening low-income and minority groups and redefine black male leadership in a way that enables black men to be unapologetically unique in every field.”


Xavier Nonez

Xavier Nonez is a junior from Durham, NC, majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Information Systems. He stays involved through various on-campus commitments, including serving on the executive board of the Carolina Sports Business Club, working as an Office Assistant at Hinton James residence hall and serving as the Treasurer of the Mu Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He is also the incoming Co-President of the Minority Business Student Alliance.

Xavier is interested in pursuing a career infused with business and tech. Last summer, he interned at MetLife as a Business Systems Analyst and this upcoming summer, he will work at Amazon as a Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA. Xavier is thrilled to receive this scholarship and continue the legacy that Harvey Beech laid for students of color at UNC.