Katherine L. Harrelson Endowed Scholarship Fund

Katherine L. Harrelson, CPM, was the first North Carolinian woman to graduate from Leadership America. She pursued a B.A in management and ethics from John Wesley College. She is also a 2002 fellow, NC Institute of Political Leadership, UNC-Wilmington and was employed as Northwest Region director for the NC Council for Women, Department of Administration for more than 20 years.

Serving a 20-county region addressing Title VII and IV issues, Mrs. Harrelson created local councils and commissions for women and created domestic violence and other service programs. She also provided budget preparation and Board Development training for all council funded programs. She has spoken to groups too numerous to mention on the effects of domestic violence on children and Title VII. She served a year as administrator for the Greensboro Commission on the Status of Women, July 1996 to August 1997.

Mrs. Harrelson has a number of professional achievements that include co-founding nationally recognized statewide business women’s round tables, co-authoring "Positive Directions," a resource guide for advocates working with child victims of violence and developed leadership "CONNECTIONS," a statewide leadership, life options and mentoring program for young females.

She served on the Governor's Civic Education Consortium Board of Directors for Family Life Council Inc., Summit House of the Piedmont, Cooperative Extension Service Foundation, and FTCC's Women's Resource Center. She also served on advisory committees such as Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She is former chair of the State 4-H Youth Advisory Committee, Women's Resource Center and AAWU's Foundation Committee Greensboro Branch.

Mrs. Harrelson is married to Eddie Frank Harrelson. She has two daughters, Cheryl Denise Harrelson and Tuwanda H. Hairston, a grandson and two stepgrandsons.

Katherine L. Harrelson Endowed Scholarship Criteria

The Katherine L. Harrelson Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to deserving students as determined by the University Scholarship Committee based on the criteria below. In making the selection, this committee will consider such attributes as scholarship, leadership, community service, exceptional talent and financial need. The committee will give special selection consideration and preference to students:
• Students with a minimum GPA of 2.75
• With majors in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
• Students who graduate from Leadership Connections

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