January 21, 2020

Richard T. Greener Scholar Spotlight: Karra McCray

By: Simone Keller

Learn how the Richard T. Greener Scholarship helped 2013 recipient, Karra McCray,  succeed at the University of South Carolina and beyond.

As a young woman from Georgetown, SC unsure of how she was going to afford the college education she always dreamed of, the Richard T. Greener (RTG) scholarship provided hope and a sense of pride and purpose. The scholarship also gave her a thriving network and strong support system that always made sure she felt encouraged and supported at the university.

 Karra McCray received the scholarship in 2012 and earned a Bachelor of Arts  in Political Science in 2016.

“Obtaining a degree from UofSC was a great benefit to both my personal and professional life,” Karra shared. “Personally, I gained more confidence and was pushed out of my comfort zone and into leadership positions that helped me to grow and develop my own skillset.” Professionally, I was able to take advantage of several opportunities such as studying abroad and conducting research that allowed me to remain competitive on a national level.”

Karra currently serves as the Assistant Faculty Principal at the International House at Maxcy College at the University of South Carolina.

Karra shared that she is “forever grateful for the Black Alumni Council and their continuous support to the Richard T. Greener scholarship.”


About the Richard T. Greener Scholarship

Since 1983, My Carolina's Black Alumni Council has actively worked to attract bright students to the University of South Carolina by providing scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have excelled academically. Richard Theodore Greener, the man for whom the scholarship is named, became the first African American to graduate from Harvard University in 1870 and was the first African American faculty member at UofSC in 1873. Donations for the scholarship can be made by visiting MyCarolina.org/Give2Greener


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