CGSC Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship



Sharing in the belief that education is the key to progress, development and economic growth, Dr. Bernard Harris Jr. have developed a partnership to increase awareness about the need for more math and science graduates, especially among underrepresented populations. The Scholarship is the latest effort to support students who plan to pursue math‐ and science‐related degrees. The scholarships, named in recognition of Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., serve underrepresented students pursuing careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. As a former astronaut, physician and businessman, Dr. Harris is an outstanding role model dedicated to serving as a mentor to the scholarship recipients.




Program Model

The Council of the Great City Schools (CGSC) and The Harris Institute are awarding four scholarships, with a value of $5,000 each, to two African American and two Hispanic students currently completing their senior year of high school in a member district of the Council of the Great City Schools. Applicants must be accepted for full‐time enrollment at a four year college or university in the next academic year, and pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM).


Scholarship applicants should:

• Identify as African-American or Hispanic
• Attend a school in a Council of Great City Schools district (see link below)
• Be completing their senior year of high school
• Have been accepted to a four year university for full-time enrollment
• Be pursuing a science, technology, engineering or mathematics degree
• Demonstrate academic achievement in high school, leadership skills and/or community service in the area of science, technology,
engineering or mathematics
• Have an unweighted GPA of at least 3.0

Please note: No person may receive more than one award administered by the Council of the Great City Schools in the same academic year. Employees or immediate family members of employees of ExxonMobil, The Harris Foundation, or the Council of the Great City Schools are not eligible to apply for these scholarships.