Harris Rogers firmly believed in the benefits of higher education. And he always encouraged his wife, Lisa, to earn a college degree. “He pushed me for years and years to go back to school,” said Lisa Rogers. “One day, the light bulb finally turned on for me.”
As a 38-year-old non-traditional student, she began pursing an associate degree on a part-time basis. Six years later, she earned a degree in accounting. But finding employment proved to be difficult. So in 2012, with Harris encouraging her once again, Rogers enrolled in the education program at Coastal Carolina University. Unfortunately just a year later, he become sick, and she put her education plans on hold to care for him. He passed away at the end of 2013.
Six months later, Rogers returned to CCU and switched her major to art.
“It’s been overwhelming how much I have enjoyed the art program,” she said. “I am earning more A’s and B’s than I have in my whole life. I really enjoy going to school and being around all these young people. I absolutely love it.”
As a way to honor the memory of Harris and because of her exceptional experience at CCU, Rogers has included the University in her estate plans. She has established the Rogers Endowed Scholarship/Program for the Department of Visual Arts in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a rising junior or senior majoring in visual arts, while the program fund will provide financial resources for items such as classroom supplies and equipment, and education-related travel for students.
“Because Harris inspired me to get an education, he is the reason I have decided to support Coastal Carolina University,” said Rogers, who is the first member of her family to attend college. “I want to help students who can benefit from the scholarship support. Harris would be very proud of me. I want to leave a legacy behind for generations to come. I think this is a good start to help make a difference in the world.”