CIU Student Honored

July 23, 2014

Cole Harper, a junior at Columbia International University, is the Sterling L. Smith Scholarship recipient for 2014.

The $1,000 award is presented annually by South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) to a student enrolled at a member school who meets high academic standards and demonstrates leadership and a commitment to community involvement. SCICU represents 20 private institutions of higher education in South Carolina.

Harper, who lives in Columbia, South Carolina, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Bible and Youth Ministry, Family, & Culture. He says he is honored, but could hardly believe it when he found out he was the winner.

“It blows my mind that I was chosen from among so many people who were probably just as qualified,” Harper said. “The Lord really is faithful to provide for those who love him."

In addition to his studies, Harper balances two part-time jobs; he serves as a page for the South Carolina House of Representatives and as an usher at the Koger Center for the Arts.

Harper is also in his fifth year of involvement with Young Life, a ministry to high school students. He serves on the worship team at his church, and in his free time enjoys playing Frisbee, guitar and reading.

After college, Harper plans to work for Young Life, where he says he will “continue to employ my God-given talents and leadership abilities to see people redeemed and communities transformed by the power of Jesus.”

Harper will be officially recognized by SCICU at a luncheon following the SCICU Board of Trustees meeting on Sept. 24 on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.