Kaitlyn Hargrove is named Harris Scholar at Chesapeake

Miss Kaitlyn Hargrove, the daughter of Kelly Hargrove, has been named Chesapeake Academy’s H. Hiter Harris Jr Merit Scholar for 2018-19.

“We had some wonderful applicants for this award and were delighted with the strong interest in this opportunity at Chesapeake Academy,” said admissions director Hilary Scott. “We are looking very forward to this talented young person joining the school.”

The H. Hiter Harris Jr. Merit Scholarship was awarded to a student not currently enrolled at Chesapeake Academy in rising fourth, fifth, or sixth grades for the 2018-19 school year. Scholarship candidates were considered on previous academic achievement, performance on admission testing with a writing sample, a personal interview and an indication through references of a strong, positive character, said Scott.

“I am excited because when we walked around the school…every child was engaged in learning…happy and excited to be learning,” said Kaitlyn Hargrove. Kaitlyn’s mother continues, “We are very excited about all of the creative learning techniques and opportunities and about the fact that it feels more like a family than school,” said Kelly Hargrove.

This scholarship at Chesapeake Academy was created and funded by H. Hiter Harris III to honor his father, H. Hiter Harris Jr., who devoted much time and energy to organizations that served children and their education. A lifetime resident of Richmond, Harris attended Woodberry Forest and Princeton where he served as president of the Tower Club. Harris earned his degree in economics after serving as a B24 navigator with the 15th Air Force in Italy, flying several combat missions.

After graduation, he earned a graduate degree in accounting and finance from New York University, which lead to a long and successful career in banking. Harris was a longtime chairman of the board and president of the Southern Bank & Trust Co. in Richmond, later becoming chairman of its holding corporation, Jefferson Bank Shares, Inc.

Among other community interests, Harris served on the Richmond City School Board, the Central Virginia Educational Television Corp., the Virginia Industrial Development Corp., the Crippled Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Home Society of Virginia.

“We are honored to host a scholarship that memorializes an individual whose life was spent in service to his community,” said head of school Julianne Duvall.

“We are very much looking forward to Kaitlyn Hargrove attending Chesapeake Academy,” said Duvall.