Legacy Scholars are considered for admission based on the following requirements:
  • be enrolled at the College of Charleston.
  • submit a clear and concise writing sample.
  • demonstrate verbal communication skills.
  • submit a competitive transcript (for example, top 10% GPA with challenging coursework, IB courses, AP and honors level courses, etc.).
  • submit a resume demonstrating community engagement and leadership and/or entrepreneurship skills.
  • demonstrate a commitment to social justice.
  • demonstrate an interest in learning about Black culture.

1967 Legacy Program Ambassadors 

The 1967 Legacy Program Ambassador initiative aims to help with the successful matriculation of currently enrolled Black students at the College of Charleston (sophomores-seniors). We want to facilitate the retention of Black students who show promise in their academic scholarship, leadership and sense of community. We also aim to prepare Black students for workplace success and instill a sense of college pride and belonging within the Legacy Ambassador participants. Interviews with College administrators and Black alumni have revealed that Black students in their second or third year of college require extra academic and financial support and resources (similar to the support they receive through programs such as SPECTRA during
the first year at the College) in order to successfully graduate.

The Legacy Ambassador stipend and initiatives will help fill these resource gaps. These ambassadors will also serve as trailblazers and mentors who will lead the way for the incoming class of 1967 Legacy Program Scholars. Their input and feedback will be invaluable as we fine-tune the program and its offerings for the Legacy Scholars.

The Legacy Ambassadors will help plan professional development seminar sessions that will facilitate leadership development, workforce readiness, communication skills and networking skills. They will also assist with planning events such as 1967 Legacy Program public forums, during which time the Legacy Scholars and Legacy Ambassadors will share what they have learned. They will engage in discussions regarding race, equity and inclusion, as well as highlight black trailblazers throughout College of Charleston history, using their research projects, readings and personal experiences as inspiration. The Legacy Ambassador award is $2000 per academic year.

1967 Legacy Program Ambassador Duties

  • Serve as mentors to the Legacy Scholars, greet the incoming Legacy Scholars during the program orientation in August, conduct regular check-ins with the students and share advice and tips about student success throughout the academic year.
  • Help plan and attend professional seminar sessions (13 one-hour sessions) targeted to improve their leadership skills and workforce readiness in an increasingly diverse, global community.
  • Participate in critical dialogue activities for the FYSE 114: 1967 Legacy and Beyond course that deal with race relations and social justice initiatives (as requested through Provost Austin’s office). We are planning a 1967 Legacy Program Tedx style talk and a public social justice photo exhibit during the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Provide evaluative feedback and input about the program activities they participated in during the year so that we can make adjustments and modifications to better serve the Legacy Scholars in upcoming years.
  • Speak with institutional and community allies to help foster good public relations for the 1967 Legacy Program.


  • Ambassadors may be sophomores, juniors or seniors at the College of Charleston.
  • Students must demonstrate a record of strong academic achievement, leadership/community involvement, interest in Black history and culture and good interpersonal skills.
  • Students should submit a resume, letter of recommendation and a 150-300 word statement of interest in the program.
  • Please email your resume, recommendation letter and statement of interest to by June 15.
  • Contact Dr. Valerie Frazier (via email or via cell 843-478-2310), Director of the 1967 Legacy Program, with any questions.