1967 Legacy Program

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The Legacy 1967 Program aims to improve the recruitment, retention, graduation and workplace success of Black students through scholarships, enhanced and extended education support, and professional preparation, as well as research the experiences of the Black trailblazers who contributed to the College.  

Who Are Legacy Scholars? 

This scholarship is for first-year Black students who consider themselves trailblazers.  

What does it mean to be a trailblazer?  

A trailblazer is a pioneer. It’s someone who isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo. It’s an innovator.  

Former College of Charleston trailblazers include people who are: 

  • community activists. 
  • grassroots organizers.  
  • preachers and ministers.  
  • champions of social justice.  
  • teachers.
  • leaders in both their profession and community.  

Scholarship Information  

Each Legacy Scholar will receive $5,000 per year plus support for study abroad and internship opportunities. They will participate in a prestigious, four-year platform of academic, personal and career-ready enrichment to become the next generation of Black leaders.  

The scholars will get involved in historical research projects promoting awareness about the Black experience and the people who came before them.  

Legacy Scholars at the College of Charleston  

Here’s a snapshot of what you could achieve over the course of this 4-year program:

Academic Rigor

  • Enroll in a First Year Seminar titled FYSE 114: The 1967 Legacy and Beyond. In this course, you’ll work with the Avery Research Center, College of Charleston Special Collections and the Center for the Study of Slavery to fill gaps in archival materials. 
  • Work alongside professors on exciting research projects like If These Walls Could Talk docuseries, Discovering our Past: African & African American Virtual Tour, and the Heritage & Harmony Trail Markers in the Lowcountry. 

African Heritage & Global Leadership

  • Receive a free, yearly membership to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and support to attend their annual conferences.
  • While still pursuing the major of your choice, you will take African Studies and African American Studies courses.  
  • Study abroad or do an internship funded in part through the 1967 Legacy Program.  
  • Add your name to the College’s legacy by participating in a capstone course designed to leave a lasting imprint. 

Workplace Success

  • Participate in free professional seminars that build your resume and prepare you to be a leader in the workforce.
  • Be mentored by College of Charleston and community leaders like:
    • Derrick Williams, a Columbia-based attorney and the first Black president of the College of Charleston Alumni Association.
    • members of the Black Alumni Council. 
    • Neysa Williams, Community Engagement Director for Joint Base Charleston and President of the Black Alumni Council.