Beighley, Hale Present Gift to YHC for Student Scholarships

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
General College


YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Young Harris College recently received a generous donation on behalf of Phi Delta sorority from alumna Melanie Beighley, ’79, and her mother, Barbara Hale, former YHC professor of education and advisor for Phi Delta sorority. Hale’s late husband, James Hale, Ph.D., served YHC as a history and psychology professor, dean of students and Phi Chi fraternity advisor prior to his retirement.

The James and Barbara Hale Endowed Scholarship Fund was established to assist the financial needs of deserving students pursuing a degree at YHC. Since its creation, family and friends of the Hales have contributed to the scholarship fund to support the Hale’s life-long commitment to education and the power education has to better the lives of individuals and society.

For more information about supporting student scholarships at YHC, including the James and Barbara Hale Endowed Scholarship Fund, contact Director of Annual Giving Mackenzie Harkins at (706) 379-5318 or

About Young Harris College

Young Harris College is a private baccalaureate and master’s degree-granting institution located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through an education that purposefully integrates the liberal arts and professional studies. The College has four academic divisions: Fine Arts; Humanities; Mathematics, Science and Technology; and Professional Studies. More than 1,400 students are enrolled in its residential and Early College programs. The College is an active member of the NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. For more information, visit