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Franklin Barker West Scholarship

For student leaders on campus

The Franklin Barker West Memorial Endowed Scholarship is made possible through generous donations of friends and family of Franklin Barker West. In the Fall of 2012, a wide-eyed, enthusiastic young man entered his first year at College of Charleston, ready to tackle any obstacle ahead of him. With great vigor and hard work, Franklin Barker West (Barker, as he preferred to be called) immersed himself into the culture at the College. Always with a smile, he sought out any friendly relationship he could make. The bonds he had with those close to him, specifically with his brothers of Pi Kappa Alpha, were undeniably permanent. 

Barker had a special impact on whomever he came across. His hard work, charisma, and loyalty were of the highest order. His life was cut short at the age of 18 in a car accident in September 2013. Barker’s untimely death sent shockwaves throughout the community, particularly his close knit fraternity. There was simply no replacing the caring and steadfast devotion he had to his friends, family, and anything he set his mind toward. To honor his legacy, Barker’s sister Catalina West and his cousin Ryan LeMaire, have agreed to serve and to advance the cause of the scholarship in his name.


  • This scholarship is intended to be awarded to incoming freshmen who demonstrate financial need according to  the College of Charleston's Office of Financial Aid.
  • Recipients must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. 
  • The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years as long as the recipient(s) maintain financial need, GPA, and progress with their class. 
  • The scholarship application and all recommendations are due by February 15.


  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate an interest in international studies, either through their coursework or volunteer work, or for students who demonstrate leadership skills.

Application Process

  • Fill out online scholarship application.
  • Application includes the following essays: 
    • List your extracurricular activities.
    • Why do you believe that you are a good candidate for the Franklin Barker West Memorial Scholarship? (350 word limit)