Beech Outstanding Senior Award

Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Senior Award

Application Deadline: 5 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, Sept. 26

In 1997 Harvey E. Beech ’52, Carolina’s first African-American graduate, made a monetary gift to the UNC Black Alumni Reunion. The result of this gift was the creation of the Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Senior Award. This award recognizes an African-American graduating senior who has excelled academically, displayed outstanding leadership abilities and has been a pillar within the campus community.

Application Timeline

  • Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 5 p.m. (EDT)
  • Interview Notification: Friday, Oct. 6 (via email and phone)
  • Semi-Finalist Interviews: Monday, Oct. 9 and Tuesday, Oct. 10 (time frame will be 6 – 9 p.m.)
  • Finalists Notification: Wednesday, Oct. 11
  • Winner Notification: Thursday, Oct. 26 (during BAR Student Alumni Dinner)

Application Requirments

  • Must submit a completed application, electronically, by 5 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
  • Must have senior standing (class of 2018)
  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate for the fall 2017
  • Must be on track to graduate in the fall 2017, spring or summer 2018.
  • If notified, must attend a 20-minute interview (see timeline above).
  • If selected as a finalist, must attend the 2017 Student Alumni Dinner (see timeline above).

Application Process

  • Nominations are not accepted for this award. Students must apply to be considered.
  • The BAR Student Engagement Committee, alumni and staff members will review all applications and will determine which applicants to interview; not all applicants will be granted an interview.
  • If you are selected for an interview, you will be required to attend one 20-minute interview with the committee. Interviews will be held on Monday, Oct. 9 or Tuesday, Oct. 10.
  • If you cannot attend this interview date due to a work or school obligation, please send an email immediately to to determine if rescheduling is possible.
  • Finalists will be selected from the interview round with the award winner being named during the Student Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 26.