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Local Scholarship Campaign

Young Harris College is committed to providing scholarships for local students. For the 2014-2015 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 annual Young Harris College Big Dance—a fun evening of live music and good fellowship for a great cause—is the premiere fundraiser for the Local Scholarship Campaign.

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

Meet Local Students


Cherokee County

Abby Larson
Senior English major

“My scholarship enabled me to attend a fantastic College without going into a ridiculous amount of debt. Part of the reason I chose YHC is because the financial aid package I received really helped my family and me with tuition costs. These past few years at YHC have been the best of my life!”

Pickens County

Clay Lawson
Freshman business and public policy major

“I appreciate the Local Scholarship Campaign for blessing me as a recipient. Without this financial assistance, I wouldn’t have been able to attend YHC. It has truly helped me pursue my dream to attend the College that was always my top choice.”

Towns County

Kaila Reece
Freshman mathematics major with education certification

“Growing up in YHC’s backyard, I always dreamed of attending this world-class institution. The local scholarship afforded to me by so many generous community members made my dreams of attending YHC a reality. I am so blessed and thankful.”

Rabun  County

Jade Smith
Senior mathematics major with education certification

“The Local Scholarship Campaign has made it possible for me to spend four years at a place I truly enjoy and love. I am so blessed and thankful to have people believe in me and help me financially to obtain my goal of teaching in underserved communities.”

Union County

James Rowe
Sophomore biology major

“At YHC, I am pursuing my dream of playing collegiate golf while getting an amazing education that will help me get into medical school. On behalf of myself and other scholarship recipients, I want to extend my appreciation to all those who have so generously contributed to this fund that’s allowing us to be part of this time of tremendous growth at YHC.”

Gilmer County

Kyle Gregory
Sophomore business and public policy 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.”

Clay County

Meghan McQuade
Freshman biology major

“I am very thankful for my local scholarship. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to study biology in such a beautiful place that’s like a natural laboratory. The academic rigor and close-knit community led me to choose YHC, and I’m so blessed to be part of the family here.”

Fannin County


Savannah Ash
Junior history major

“After visiting Young Harris and meeting with the faculty, choosing YHC was an easy decision. I always wanted to attend a College where I could study the Appalachian area, and I instantly fell in love with YHC’s rich history. I am very thankful for the local scholarships I continue to receive while studying history.”

Annual Giving Opportunities