John H. Harris and his Ford Roadster, the first student-owned automobile on campus, which he purchased for $25 and sold in his senior year for $75. It had no top, and he customized it with a rumble seat to hold his yard work tools.
On July 11, 2007, the John H. Harris Horticultural Scholarship Endowment was created in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. Harris of Raleigh is a 1937 graduate of N.C. State in landscape architecture and retired faculty member in the college’s Department of Horticultural Science.
The endowment, created in the N.C. Agricultural Foundation Inc., will be funded through proceeds from the sale of land that Harris has donated to the college. It will provide scholarships for undergraduate students and Agricultural Institute students studying horticultural science.
“It’s my pleasure to make this small contribution to help some student who otherwise might not be able to come to N.C. State,” said Harris, who reminisced at the endowment signing ceremony about his own struggle to pay for his college education. He recalled borrowing $300 in 1932 so he could come to N.C. State and how he made that money last over his four years there.
Dr. Julia Kornegay, head of the Department of Horticultural Science, said to Harris, “The green industry in North Carolina is now worth $8.6 billion to the state’s economy. We thank you for being one of the people who laid the foundation for that industry.”
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