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. 

Harvey Beech Scholarship Application

  • Essay Questions

    Please respond to the below prompts.
  • Recommendations

    Please provide contact information for two individuals, who the committee will contact to submit a recommendation on your behalf.
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2019 Harvey Beech Scholarship Recipients

Luis 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 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 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.