Charles H. Lee, Sr. Memorial Scholarship
LEAP Forward, Inc. administers the Charles H.
Lee, Sr. Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship
honors the memory of Reverend Lee who was devoted to the
pursuit of education and making life better for others.
Reverend Charles H. Lee, Sr. graduated from Carver High
School in Milledgeville, Georgia. He attended Morehouse
College in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Texas Southern
University in Houston, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He later received his
Bachelor of Divinity and Masters of Theology Degrees from the
Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia.
As a student, he served as a Methodist Student Organizer and
Coordinator at Texas Southern University. Additionally, he
was a leader in the First Student Sit-in Demonstration west of
the Mississippi and a leader of civil rights groups throughout
the southern area of the United States serving as a leader in
the Selma to Montgomery march for students at the
Interdenominational Theological Center. After the signing
of the 1964 Civil Rights Law, he was instrumental with other
students during the summer in integrating eating facilities at
Milledgeville State Hospital.
Scholastically, Rev. Lee was listed in Who's Who Among
Students in American Colleges and Universities and was a Crusade
Lee served in the United States Army—Europe, Pacific Far East
where he served in the Korean Conflict (Private to Captain – Airborne and Infantry); Chaplain (Major)
in the California Army National Guard (Retired).
Rev. Lee also served as Director of the South East
Educational Development (S.E.E.D) Project for the San Francisco
Unified School District from 1968 to 1971. S.E.E.D. was a
federally funded program implemented to increase the academic
proficiency of inner city children.
He has served
as Associate Minister of the Trinity Methodist Church, Houston,
Texas; Pastor of St. Mary’s Methodist Church, League City,
Texas; Wesley Methodist Church, Newman, Georgia; Ridge Point
United Methodist Church, San Francisco, California; and, was
appointed Pastor of Downs Memorial United Methodist Church,
Oakland, California in 1971. In 1987 Rev. Lee was appointed as
the District Superintendent for the Golden Gate District of the
California/Nevada Conference for the United Methodist Church
which he served until his retirement in 1991.
It is with great pleasure that LEAP
Forward, INC. sponsors this scholarship in name and memory of Charles H. Lee, Sr.
Rev. Charles H. Lee, Sr. was dedicated to education and the
betterment of others.
LEAP Forward, INC. is also committed to helping others
May we continue to keep his memory alive in all that we do.