The Barbara C. Harris Scholars Program aims to promote equity in education by providing financial assistance to Blacks, African Americans and Caribbean-Americans, who are African descendants of slavery in the United States. To be eligible, applicants must: be Black, African American, and/or Caribbean American and must be a descendant of enslaved people; be a US citizen or permanent resident; reside in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island (Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk); and be starting or continuing to pursue post-secondary education at an accredited college or university or advanced vocational or trade union training program. Successful applicants will demonstrate scholarly achievement, leadership skills, involvement in their communities, and a commitment to continuing education.
College scholarships of up to $5,000 per semester (maximum of two semesters), and comparable amounts for vocational training/trade apprenticeship fees, will be available to award recipients through their college, university or occupational training institution. Scholarship monies will not be awarded directly to award recipients. Scholarship recipients, in order to qualify for a second semester Barbara C. Harris Scholars award, must submit an official college transcript demonstrating they maintained a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent). Applicants do not have to be Episcopalian.