WPU Announces the Patrick J. Harvey Scholarship

May 10, 2021

William Peace University is excited to announce that the Patrick J. Harvey Scholarship has been established thanks to the generosity of Linda and James Harvey. The income from the fund will be awarded to a current student who contributes to the WPU culture and community through kindness – just as Patrick Harvey ’19 did during his time at Peace.

This scholarship, set to be awarded for the first time this fall, represents both the University’s dedication to ensuring that every student has the resources that they need to develop on our campus and the doors that can be opened to them through financial support.

The Harveys created this scholarship in honor of their son, Patrick J. Harvey ’19. Patrick was a beloved member of the student body. Known for his kindness and spirit for life, he had an enormous impact on the campus community. In May of 2019, Patrick graduated cum laude from William Peace University with a bachelor of arts degree in Theatre. On June 25, 2019, shortly after his graduation, Patrick’s courageous battle with cancer came to a close and the WPU community came together with his family and friends to remember and honor the memory of an unforgettable student and alumnus.

During his time at Peace, Harvey participated in multiple theater productions and performed at campus events with the WPU Singers, including the 2018 Commencement ceremony. To honor Patrick’s love of performing and being a part of the William Peace University community, the Harvey Family donated a bench in Patrick’s memory outside of the Browne-McPherson Music Building.

In November of 2020, the Office of Advancement held a social-distanced dedication ceremony attended by the Harvey Family and a few members of WPU’s faculty and staff. At the event President Brian Ralph, Ph.D. gave remarks about the kindness Patrick bestowed on everyone who crossed his path, and Reverend Lee Carter, Ph.D., WPU Chaplain led the ceremony in a prayer of dedication. 

At the Bench Dedication Ceremony, the Harveys announced that they wanted to do more to honor Patrick’s love for WPU. The Patrick J. Harvey Endowed Scholarship will recognize and support students who have a passion for life and learning despite any challenges or disabilities. 

To contribute to the Patrick J. Harvey ‘19 Scholarship Fund please visit peace.edu/give and designate your gift to “other” noting the “Patrick J. Harvey ’19 Scholarship” in the comments. This investment in our WPU students is a resounding example of the impact that Patrick’s kindness and generosity will continue to have on our campus