Scholarship is a Nod to Human Rights, Diversity, Inclusion
Sending Eden Prairie youth out into the world with a strong foundation in human rights, diversity, and inclusion is an admirable goal. The Eden Prairie Community Foundation works to accomplish that goal through the Dr. Jean L. Harris Scholarship.
This scholarship — awarded annually to a high school senior in Eden Prairie who has promoted human rights, diversity, and an inclusive community spirit — is named in honor of Dr. Jean Harris, the mayor of Eden Prairie from 1996 to 2001.
Harris was Eden Prairie’s first female mayor and first African-American mayor, and one of her many accomplishments while in office was community adoption of the Eden Prairie Manifesto. This is a statement of Eden Prairie’s dedication to upholding freedom, dignity, and security regardless of one’s religious affiliation, race, ethnic heritage, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, or economic status.
Our 2017 scholarship winner, Naya Hill, offered a moving tribute to Dr. Harris’ life and impact, and you can read it on the Eden Prairie News website.
One high school graduating senior who resides in Eden Prairie and who plans to pursue post-secondary education is selected annually by the Foundation’s Grant Committee to receive the $1,500 scholarship, which is to be used toward tuition or fees. In 2018, for the first time, a second year of the scholarship, also at $1,500, was made available and awarded to Naya Hill. The 2014 Harris Scholarship winner was Sienna Ramos, the 2015 winner was Spencer Stoltz, the 2016 winner was Caroline Frischmon, the 2017 winner was Naya Hill, and the 2018 winners were Ethan Jones and Naya Hill.
Applications are typically taken starting in December, and until about the third week in February. The award is made at the Foundation’s spring gala, EP Gives. For more information, contact Executive Director Mark Weber at [email protected] or call (952) 949-8499.
Or, review the latest scholarship application below (our new application will be posted soon):
“The Jean Harris Scholarship helped make MIT more affordable for me and my family. Because of this scholarship, I was able to focus on academics, activities, and settling into college without needing to get a job during my first semester. Thank you, Eden Prairie Community Foundation!” – Sienna Ramos, EPHS, class of 2014, MIT, class of 2018