Making an Impact in Education

Since 2011 the Charles J. Harbin, III Memorial Foundation has awarded college scholarships to high school students and supported education centered organizations.

To better serve today’s broader spectrum of learning needs, beginning in 2020 we’re pivoting our mission to redirect financial assistance specifically to charitable organizations focused on fostering education for those in need.

The organizations we select will serve elementary to high school students, prioritizing those programs who develop engaging ways to reach and teach the children of our community.

Past contributions have included bilingual books of all reading levels, engaging science experiments and school supplies. Going forward the CJH3 Foundation will explore new ways we believe Charles would tap to interest young minds, and make a lasting impression.

Charles Harbin touched the lives of so many students, and we sincerely thank all of our generous donors for helping us support individuals with high academic goals and limited financial resources over the last several years to attend excellent institutions including Tulane University, University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology and many others. We believe pivoting from scholarships to grants will positively affect more children, encourage limitless minds, and create a larger impact.

A note from a former student…

“[Charles Harbin] was such a great teacher. I’m a teacher now and looking back I can really see how he truly understood me as a student. He loosened his teacher reigns and gave me the freedom to show what I knew in more creative ways than paper/pencil testing. He always gave me honest feedback and encouraged me to continue writing because he said I had a gift. He was such a special, weird (in all the best ways), compassionate and understanding teacher. I will never forget him! I still think about him when I do something off the wall in my classroom and my kids say, “Mrs. Conroy you are crazy!!!” I’m lucky to have been his student and will carry on his memory.”   ~ Leah Conroy, April 2020

Please consider donating today to the Charles J. Harbin Memorial Foundation to enhance educational resources for our community.


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Tina Alhani – 2019 Scholarship Recipient

I’ve been very anxious and excited for college as it is what I have been preparing for all throughout high school. I’m anxious to be in new classes and to be settled in a new environment, but I’m also excited to meet new people and explore a city that I can call my home for the next few years.

I plan to stay as active as possible as I was in high school, joining service and academic organizations as well as going beyond to prepare for my future after college. I am thinking about majoring in business with a minor in French, and I am not sure if I will double major with two business concentrations in order to improve my knowledge and skills.

Tina Alhani
Tulane University
2019 CJH3 Memorial Scholarship Recipient


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2019 Award Winner Announced

The Charles J. Harbin, III (CJH3) Memorial Scholarship is pleased to announce the 2019 Scholarship award recipient.

2019 CJH III Scholarship Recipient:
Tina Alhani – Tulane University

Congratulations to Tina Alhani, our 2019 recipient!  While attending Roswell High School, Tina excelled in academics with a rigorous schedule of AP and Honors classes, while also serving as an officer for the Key Club, Anchor Club, National French Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and founder of the UNICEF Club.

In her community, Tina has volunteered for years at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. This dedication to volunteerism earned her The President’s Volunteer Service Award. She’s also been involved with countless service projects including collecting book donations for the Zambezi Book Project that serves children in the Zimbabwe River region, and Blessings in a Backpack providing weekly nutritious food and snacks for school children in the community.

Tina will attend Tulane University this Fall where she’ll major in Business Management.

The selection committee extends their sincere thanks to each of the 2019 applicants for their thoughtful submissions. The noteworthy academic achievements, creative essays, and community service accomplishments made the selection especially challenging this year.

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2019 Harbin Classic

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The 2019 Harbin Classic ended in a squeaker with a 35-34 victory by the home team. The faculty (the home team), edged out the visitors (the students) in the closest and most gripping game in years.

The annual Roswell High School Faculty-vs-Students basketball game is the kick-off to spring break, and is named in memory of Charles Harbin, III.  Mr. Harbin (aka Mr. Harbs) was the uniquely popular RHS teacher who galvanized students’ interest in English literature as a teacher, soccer as a coach, and enjoying a life well-lived as an exemplar.

The game was a nail biter, with the teachers battling for the lead and pulling ahead in the opening quarter.  An excited student prophetically yelled, “The old guys are going crazy!”

By the second quarter victory seemed likely at 22-17, until the students fought back. Their strong play combined with Principal Shaw’s help with a surprise goal for the students (when he dunked the ball in the wrong basket) had the crowd roaring as the faculty lead started to slip away.

Hoops, They Did It Again!

However, in the final quarter the faculty pushed through matching the students goal for goal, and pulled out a win, just a single point from a tie. Their first win since 2015.

After the game Charles’ family threw souvenir basketballs out to students in the stands to wish them a fun spring break. Shortly after they return to classes, the Harbin Classic trophy will be on display at Roswell High School.

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Georgia College Scholarship – 2019 Applications

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Apply for 2019 Georgia Scholarship
With graduation season fast approaching, many high school students are starting to plan how they’ll pay for college. Committed to helping first-year college students with limited financial resources achieve high academic goals, the Charles Harbin Memorial Scholarship Fund is proud to again be offering a deserving candidate with a college scholarship award.

Charles Harbin
A natural born traveler and educator, Sandy Springs resident Charles J. Harbin, III explored the world and taught literature in the U.S. and abroad.  Charles was a popular Roswell High School teacher and soccer coach, nicknamed “Harbs” by students. He connected with his class through books, humor, lively discussions and popular music. Charles found his calling in education and this scholarship serves as a keynote remembrance of him and his dedication to his students.

Scholarship Application Criteria
Applicants must currently be a high school senior entering an accredited U.S. college or university for the first time in fall 2019, and have a GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. To qualify, you must have a college acceptance letter, be pursuing an undergraduate degree, be a resident of the state of Georgia, and demonstrate financial need.

Educational Oversight
As applications are submitted they are organized and categorized by the professional education team from CESoup before being reviewed by the CJH3 educational board and committee.

How to Apply for the Scholarship
Download the application and instructions from The deadline for submissions is April 22, 2019.  Requirements include a completed application, essay, and letter of recommendation.

Find out more and apply at:

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Grace Radovich – 2018 Scholarship Recipient

Hello everyone! Wow college has come at me like a cheetah because it came so fast. Starting from a year ago when I was a senior to this summer, everything just flew so quickly which meant it was time to start the next chapter of my life at the University of Georgia.

Throughout this whole summer, I spent time with my mom as much as I could. I also made plans with all friends by going to many graduation parties and having my own party, so I can spend some quality time with them before we all split our separate ways.

I love and adore my mom and friends so much that every moment will always be cherished. I had so much fun with all of them! However, once move in day hit, it was time to push the gas pedal and start my next journey.

College has been a very interesting experience so far because it’s so different. You have more freedom, you can make your own schedule, you have to study more, and you’re here with a lot of people you’ve never seen before in your life.

My plans are to double major in animal science and psychology on a pre-veterinary medicine track and hopefully attend graduate school in four years. I’m looking forward to meeting more people, being involved in different clubs and organizations, trying out all these different classes, experiencing more opportunities, and setting myself up to have an amazing future.

Grace Radovich
University of Georgia
2018 CJH3 Memorial Scholarship Recipient

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2018 Award Winner Announced

The Charles J. Harbin, III (CJH3) Memorial Scholarship is pleased to announce the 2018 Scholarship award recipient. We also would like to recognize below several other noteworthy applicants.

2018 CJH III Scholarship Recipient:
Grace M. Radovich – University of Georgia

Lillian F. Sharp – Dalton State University
Martha A. Gonzalez – Georgia Institute of Technology
Kayla B. Wright – Georgia State University

Honorable Mention
Melina Khorrami – University of California Los Angeles
Kailin Chen – University of Georgia
Elise L. Foster – Agnes Scott College
Mary J. McCary – Mercer University
Devon A. Otway – Savannah College of Art and Design
Katie L. Hanson – Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Elisabeth D. Edler – University of North Georgia

Congratulations to the 2018 recipient, the semi-finalists, and honorable mention applicants! There were many deserving students with noteworthy academic achievements, creative essays, and well-balanced work, community and family accomplishments which made the selection challenging. The selection committee extends their sincere thanks to each of the 2018 applicants for their thoughtful submissions.

CJH3 Memorial Scholarship would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee of volunteers who participated in this year’s review process and to thank CJH3 Scholarship supporters.

Please visit again soon for more information about the 2018 award recipient, Ms. Grace Radovich.

The committee looks forward to 2019 applications, and on behalf of Charles, encourages each of you to embrace life as an exciting adventure and to pursue your dreams.

Please share this site. Scholarship and project funding is provided by the family and friends of Charles Harbin and to enable us to provide additional assistance, we welcome contributions.

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CJH3 Scholarship 2018

The 2018 Charles J. Harbin, III College Scholarship application is now open!

The scholarship is open to all high school seniors entering an accredited US college for the first time in the Fall of 2018. (view scholarship info page)

The CJH3 Memorial Scholarship fund was established to remember the life of Charles Harbin, III by providing financial assistance to help college students with limited financial resources achieve high academic goals.

The Scholarship has been awarded annually since 2012.

Find requirements, instructions and application at Deadline for submission is April 22, 2018.

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Maya Perriott – Life at Columbus State University

This first semester of college has been an adventure. Between new friends and exciting class subjects, five months away at school seemed to go by in the blink of an eye.

Living away from home presented a whole new set of challenges, but I can safely say I have overcome the challenges of living away from home and can now make noodles with the best of them.

I have learned new things both inside and outside the classroom and can not wait to see what this next semester has in store. I exceeded my expectations, leaving home and maintaining good grades, I look forward to the upcoming years to see what they bring.

Maya Perriott
Columbus State University
2017 CJH3 Memorial Scholarship Recipient

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Meet Maya Perriott – 2017 Scholarship Recipient

Looking back time has passed so quickly. Just over a year ago I started my senior year of high school and I thought I had a lot of time before I would start college.  Now, I’ve started classes at Columbus State University.

This past summer I spent time with my family and bonding more with my mom. Although I will miss the attention, I am thrilled to see what volunteer opportunities Columbus State has to offer me.  It is my lifelong passion to help and serve those in need. I am so excited about this new chapter in my life, where I will get the chance to pursue something that I am really passionate about.

Transitioning to college has given me the chance to network with people and challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone. College is a time to envision a world with unlimited potential. I am truly honored to have received this scholarship, and I cannot wait to see where life takes me.

Maya Perriott
Columbus State University
2017 CJH3 Memorial Scholarship Recipient

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