Sarah Graham Kenan Scholarship of Excellence
Sarah Graham Kenan Scholarship is to be awarded to a rising college senior who is a degree-seeking candidate with the following attributes:
- Outstanding characteristics in talent and artistic achievement.
- Excellence in academic performance (a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 or better and a cumulative 3.0 or better in academics)
- Exceptional qualities in leadership and citizenship.
The scholarship will cover tuition, fees, room, and board, plus $3,200 stipend for related expenses.
Sarah Graham Kenan Excellence Scholar, 2020-21
Jo Hatcher was born in Jacksonville, FL and raised in Charlotte/Concord, NC. She is a directing major in the School of Filmmaking. She aims to use film to give marginalized communities a powerful voice in the film industry first, and then the world. Jo has been a semi-finalist for the Sundance Horizon Film Festival, leading her to intern at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and has written and directed several short films. One short has been recognized by four film festivals. Additionally, she was nominated by her faculty to attend the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, following an essay competition. Lastly, Jo was the Second Unit Director/Head Researcher on the NBC Meet the Press and The Wrap Shortlist Festival-recognized documentary "No Sanctuary."
Alongside her creative feats, Jo is an active member of the UNCSA community and is currently the senior Vice President for the Artists of Color organization that promotes equity, inclusivity and diversity on campus. She produced the 2019 Black History Month Show, and previously was a leader in advocating for curriculum changes in the Film School as the film liaison. Jo is the Assistant Residence Life Coordinator (ARLC)/Head Resident Assistant, where she oversees the entire residential community via newsletters and programs and is a leader for her RA team. She is an enthusiastic presence, always moving with empathy. She is a young woman who aims to lead by love and faith. She is thankful for this award as she hopes it only propels her to continue to think big and to think of others first.