• Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: June 2nd, 2023

    Application Review and Board Approval: June 2023

    Announcement for Scholarship Recipients:  June 22nd, 2023 (Dinner Meeting)


    2023 Scholarship Application

    2023 General Scholarship Program

    2023 Industry Scholarship Program


    Jim Harkey Memorial Fund is part of the philanthropic arm of NARI Charlotte, in memory of one of our early leaders.  The scholarship program in consistent with Jim Harkey's commitment to those in need.

    We offer scholarships for NARI Members and their families for college, university or trade school and also Trade School scholarships to non-members in an effort to bolster our workforce.
    In 2018 , 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 we granted scholarships to deserving students.

    To apply for this yearly scholarship, students are to complete the required forms and provide the materials mara.esser@naricharlotte.com no later than June 2nd and one (1) semester before the semester they are requesting funding. The Board of Directors of the NARI Jim Harkey Memorial Inc. may also elect to provide scholarship grants to local community and vocational schools.



    • Must have a high school diploma with at least an overall weighted 2.6 academic GPA or GED
    • Must formally apply when a candidate at a technical trade school; two or four year nationally accredited college or university
    • Currently enrolled students must maintain an academic 2.6 GPA post-secondary overall while attending all programs
    • Full-time students in the reapplication process must reapply yearly and be enrolled in full-time classes during the reapplication process
    • One letter of recommendation from a teacher, school administrator, or immediate supervisor, is required to accompany the application. The letter must state why the student should be considered as a candidate for the NARI Jim Harkey Scholarship program
    • An essay (minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 500 words) describing why the student should be considered as a recipient of the NARI scholarship
    • Applications for the scholarship are available beginning April 4th, 2023. All applications are due on June 2nd and should be emailed to Mara Esser at mara.esser@naricharlotte.com.‚Äč

    All applications are reviewed and selected by the selection committee in June. All decisions by the selection committee are final and the Board of Directors of NARI Jim Harkey Memorial Inc. approves all scholarships. Scholarship awards are announced and disseminated at the June 22nd meeting. Students who receive this scholarship are required to attend the June 22nd meeting to receive their scholarship certificate and are required to send grade reports to the chapter every semester documenting their academic progress. Funds will made payable directly to the institution.


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