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Harris Family Provides Una With Endowment To Honor Late Son

Jan. 05, 2016

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

Bryan Rachal, University Communications

Harris FamilyFLORENCE, Ala. - The University of North Alabama is the recipient of a very generous endowment thanks to the Harris family.

James and Sharon Harris made a major gift to the University to establish the Harris Family Endowed Scholarship in honor of their son Daniel C. Harris, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 38.

Daniel Harris was a lifelong vocalist and 1998 graduate of the UNA music program, with a B.A. in Music Education. In addition to singing, he was also very active in the theatre and performed in a number of local productions.

"This gift is a moving tribute to Daniel and will support in perpetuity the music program he so loved as a student. We're so grateful to Jim and Sharon and their wonderful family for their generosity," said Dr. Dan Hendricks, UNA Vice President for Advancement.

The Harris Family Endowed Scholarship in honor of Daniel C. Harris will cover the cost of student tuition and will be awarded to an incoming freshman pursuing a degree in vocal music performance or instrumental music performance.

The Harris family was invited to UNA this week to sign the gift agreement, and to enjoy lunch with President Ken Kitts and other members of the UNA Foundation staff.

Photos from the event can be found here: http://www.unalionsden.com/archive/gallery.php?album_id=1291


The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and Nursing. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. UNA also operates a renowned collegiate athletic program in NCAA Division II's Gulf South Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.