From the President...
Welcome to the Harvard Club of Central Florida!
For more than 70 years, The Harvard Club of Central Florida has provided a unique gathering place for Harvard-affiliated individuals to connect, learn and grow together. Club membership is open to anyone who has completed a Harvard program, including undergraduate, graduate and executive education; retired faculty and staff; and parents of current undergraduates. Recent graduates are especially welcome, with reduced membership fees.
Becoming a member of the Club opens a world of opportunities and experiences. Throughout the year, the Club sponsors monthly events, including special tours and speakers, networking events, the Harvard-Yale game, faculty lectures, young professionals and student receptions. Beyond Harvard and the Central Florida area, the Club co-sponsors events with other Florida Harvard clubs and the All-Ivy Club of Central Florida. Whether you are a native or newcomer to Central Florida, there’s no better organization to connect you to bright, fascinating, and fun individuals.
Our Club serves the school and community. Area non-profits that have active Harvard alumni are featured in presentations and tours. Club members interview over 200+ potential Harvard applicants annually to provide critical selection information to the school. Early College Awareness helps middle schoolers, often in economically disadvantaged areas, discover a path to a college education. HCCF collects scholarship funds to provide financial aid and particularly supports first generation students.
HCCF members in good standing receive special benefits:
- Reduced pricing on all Club events
- Member-only VIP event access
- Invitation to annual meetings
- Exclusive networking events
- Access to Board committees
Join today and enjoy one of the privileges of being a Harvard graduate.
See you at our next event!
Harvard Club of Central Florida
The Club was formally organized in Winter Park in 1942 after several years of informal gatherings that had consisted mostly of winter resident alumni. The Club's first President was Maxwell A. Kilvert '89; among his immediate successors was Edward Gurney LLB '38 who would later represent Florida in the U.S. Senate. Several past Presidents dating back to the 1960's remain active members in the Club to this day. The Club was incorporated as a Florida non-profit corporation in 1976 but slipped into a brief period of dormancy a few years later before being reactivated in 1981. Since that time the Club's membership and activities have grown steadily, mirroring the tremendous population growth in Central Florida.
The Club is based geographically in metropolitan Orlando, but also serves a 9-county territory that sweeps from Flagler, Volusia and Marion Counties southward along the Space Coast. College alumni/ae comprise about 40% of the club membership with the remainder coming from the various Graduate Schools, retired faculty/staff and parents of current undergraduates.
While many Harvard clubs reduced or stopped activities during the pandemic, HCCF significantly increased events, with over 40 virtual events during the past year. We have now restarted in-person events, along with hybrid and virtual offerings. You can find our event schedule here.
Our Board has eighteen Officers and Directors. All are volunteers who believe in the value of a Harvard education and support fellow graduates, and prospective and current students. If you are interested in becoming a Club officer, please contact the Club President.