What is the Future Leaders Scholarship?
The Future Leaders (FL) Scholarship is a Board-grown and managed initiative of The Harbour Club at WestEdge. The goal of the program is to recruit and retain high-performing professionals under age 40 with intentional efforts to expose young professionals and future leaders to the Club who would otherwise not have the opportunity. We are looking for professionals that are making a positive impact on our community.
The Harbour Club leadership recognizes the intrinsic value of this new Member profile as demonstrated by the first 2 highly successfully classes. Though a scholarship for its recipients, this is not a charity program. In fact, the Club recognizes that many candidates invited to interview could be members without its assistance. Instead, the FL scholarship is an investment in the Club’s future as a change agent and incubator for the Charleston Metro area.
How are FL Scholarships funded?
FL scholarships are crowdfunded by Club Members. Each year, Members – especially Board Members – are asked to sponsor at least one Future Leader with the goal of 15 scholarships each year. The first year of the program was funded by one board Member and yielded 15 inaugural FL Members. In year two, 15 Board Members sponsored a Future Leader validating the importance of the program.
What does the FL Scholarship provide?
The FL scholarship offers a myriad of financial and professional incentives.
- The FL scholarships pays the Young Executive Member initiation fee ($1,500)
- Networking and social opportunities with a broad audience of more than 1,100 local professionals and industry experts
- Engagement with other young professionals through Young Executive (YEX) Committee events and professional development programming
- Access to private and co-work spaces
- Recognition during the FL introduction ceremony and in Club communications
- Feature in Club publications and social media
- All incentives, access and activities available to all Club members
How are FL Scholarship recipients nominated?
Local civic, professional, educational, and non-profit organizations are asked to nominate young professionals using the criteria listed:
- Be an adult under age 40 at the time of interview
- Have professional or community-based leadership experience within the past two years
- Have documented community service experience
- Be able to sustain monthly membership dues for at least one year
- Understand the benefits of a private business and social club
How are FL Scholarship recipients selected?
All nominees will be asked to submit a resume and a short questionnaire. They will be invited to sit for an interview with the Future Leaders committee. The Committee will rank the nominees with the top nominees being selected and awarded a Future Leader Scholarship.
Invitations to Membership shall be extended without regard to age, race, national origin, gender, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other classification prohibited by law.