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Local Scholarship Campaign

Young Harris College is committed to providing scholarships for local students. For the 2013-2014 academic year, more than $3.3 million was awarded to more than 200 local students from Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Rabun, Towns and Union counties in Georgia and Cherokee and Clay counties in North Carolina.

The YHC Board of Associates, a group of local business and civic leaders from these seven counties, is the driving force behind the Local Scholarship Campaign. Each September, the Board launches this annual campaign in an effort to assist the College in providing aid to local students from these communities.

In addition to raising funds from local business, organizations and individuals, the Board of Associates presents the annual Young Harris College Big Dance—a fun evening of live music and good fellowship for a great cause.

For more information about the Local Scholarship Campaign or to make a gift or pledge to the campaign, contact Jennifer McAfee in the Office of Advancement at (706) 379-5318.

Meet Local Students

Union County

Camden Goddard
Senior art major

“The Local Scholarship Campaign has contributed to my education for four years, allowing me to reach my goals at YHC. This fund allows students to propel themselves into their education and
receive the knowledge needed to succeed. I am so thankful for this support.”

Pickens County

Tate Rizoti
Freshman business and public policy major

"The Local Scholarship Campaign has been such a blessing for me. Without this financial support, I would not be able to attend
YHC and pursue my dreams. I am so thankful for the opportunity to study business at a school I love.”

Towns County

Rocsane Tabulinar
Junior music major

“I am ecstatic to be part of a growing College with such supportive faculty. The Local Scholarship Campaign has paved the way for me to gain the experience and knowledge I need to thrive in my future endeavors. I owe deep gratitude to my local community for helping me further my education at YHC.”

Fannin County

Jacob Rhodes

Senior art major

“As a developing artist, I face many uncertainties and obstacles in the pursuit of my passion. I am thankful for the support I have received from my family as well as the local community who provided me with this scholarship that has given me the opportunity to study art.”

Clay County

Sarah Puett
Senior business and public policy major

“I never thought I would attend a small college so close to home. After I visited YHC and met with the faculty, choosing YHC was an easy decision—especially because of the great scholarship
assistance I have received for four years. I am so thankful for the opportunity to get these funds that are available to students from North Carolina.”

Cherokee County

Samantha Loudermilk

Junior English major


“I am truly blessed to live in a community that is willing to help me further my education. Receiving a scholarship has allowed me to attend a wonderful college. YHC is committed to helping students reach their full potential in order to have a bright and successful future.”

Gilmer County

Kalie Pritchett
Junior business and public policy major

"I would not be able to attend YHC without the support I receive from the Local Scholarship Campaign that benefits students from my hometown. I am so grateful to everyone who gives to this fund for believing in me and helping me achieve my goals.”

Rabun County


Shanda Speed
Junior early childhod education major

“I am very thankful and blessed for the local scholarships I continue to receive while attending Young Harris. With the  support of my community, I am making my dream become a reality at the College I love.”