Counselor Advisor and Faculty Member
College of Education/Project Thrust Program
"I grew up with my family helping kids go to school and receive financial assistance...it has always been our tradition to help, to give and I want to continue the legacy."
In her own words, Sharman McRae, "Grew up here at the University of South Florida.". Her mother Eva L. Pride, the first African American faculty member hired, started the reading program at USF, and her father, Dr. Richard F. Pride, began the Upward Bound program at USF. Sharman comes from a family known for helping minority students get into college. "...I grew up with my family helping kids go to school, ...it has always been our tradition to help, to give."
Sharman has been involved with the University as a student, staff, and faculty member for the past 23 years. Currently, she is fulfilling two of those roles - earning her Ed.D. while working in the Division of Undergraduate Studies Project Thrust Program in the College of Education; which provides her the opportunity to interact with first generation students who attend USF.
Sharman loves her work; which has inspired her to continue the philanthropy that her family taught her, "After my father passed away just two years ago, I thought it was left up to me to continue the legacy of giving, and I thought I would give in both my parents' names under the Dr. Richard and Eva L. Pride Scholarship in the College of Education to help an Upward Bound student come to the University of South Florida as a freshman...too many kids today are not going to school because they are in financial need...I want to continue the legacy, to help others."
Sharman also supports other initiatives across the University such as the College of Education and the Black Faculty & Staff Scholarship. Sharman's commitment to USF is evident through her continued giving; she has certainly upheld her family's legacy, "I just see it all around me; I can't help but give. The University has given me the opportunity to continue my education, so I thought I would give back."
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