The Harold Adams Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Fund

This fund was established in 1994 to provide partial scholarships to students from Henry County, Kentucky. Priority is given to first year students based on financial need and academic merit.

The Harold Adams Fund awards up to five $1,800 scholarships each year. Twenty additional $50 emergency awards are available each year for students who need help with purchasing books or other school related expenses.

About Harold Adams

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Harold Adams relationship with the University of Louisville spanned nearly 30 years and encompassed most of his college and professional life. He was a distinguished alumnus, a respected coach and one of the university's best-loved administrators. An athletic scholarship launched his involvement with U of L in 1958. He went on to earn degrees in history, education and law, and in 1962, began serving as assistant basketball and head baseball coach for the university.


Adams accepted his first administrative post in 1966 as Director of Housing, a position he held for to years. In 1970, he was appointed Associate Dean of Students, and in 1976, was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs.

As Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Adams oversaw virtually all of campus life including Student Activities , Greek Life, Intramural Sports, Housing, the Cheer leading and Dance Squads, and Student Legal Services. He initiated a number of new programs to promote student growth and development such as the Student Leadership Series that began in 1985.

His contributions to the university did not go unnoticed; he twice received an Outstanding Performance Award for Administration. In 1983, he was cited for his role in the opening of Humana Gymnasium, and University Park Apartments, and the subsequent expansion of the intramural programs.

He was a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Southern Association of College Student Administrators, the American Personnel and Guidance Association and the American College Personnel Association. He also was active in the U of L Letterman's Club, the Old Kentucky Home Boy Scouts Council, the Sportsman Supper Club and Turner Station Baptist Church. He was past president and district governor of the Kentucky Lions Club.

Adams married, the former Lois Carson of Port Royal, and together they had a son Josh.

Harold died in 1986 after many years of service to the University of Louisville. This endowment was started in 1987 to fund 5 partial tuition scholarships to first year students from Henry County and emergency funds to students to purchase books and other school supplies.

Since 1987 this endowment has awarded
556 scholarships totaling $136,878.

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