Film Camps • Scholarships • Photography Workshops

Making Futures Brighter Through Education

The Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Miami, Florida and Los Angeles, California. The late Dr. Harkins believed that all children, regardless of race, gender, or class deserved to enjoy the best possible future. She devoted her life to helping others.

About BSHF

The Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation was established in 2005 by Elisia Harkins-James to help underprivileged children in the South Dade County area of Florida. This is the cause Dr. Harkins had devoted her life to before she passed in May 2005 and Elisia was determined to continue her good work.


Defining the next generation of scholars should not only be by what they learn in the classroom but also through their experiences beyond text books and outside of traditional learning environments. We believe that the best way to motivate children to pursue education beyond high school is by combining studying with inspirational out-of-school activities.


Each year the Foundation awards scholarships to outstanding students in the communities of Dade County, Florida and Los Angeles County, California.


This program identifies gifted young people from traditionally underrepresented groups in the industry and provides them with an intensive once-a-month training program.

Film Camps

Become fully immersed in a collaborative, supportive and creative artistic community.

Essay Contest

A great opportunity for your students to test their writing skills!

Win the Grand Prize and receive a Nextbook 7″ Tablet with 8GB memory with Google Mobile Services!

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YouTube Blog

Foundation News

Giving Tuesday

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We must invest in our children

“We know better. Make time. Do better.”
– Dr. Barbara Harkins

Our programs would not have been possible if it weren’t for our generous donors. A gift such as yours allows the Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation to continue their advocacy for educating youth beyond the classroom. Because of your generosity, our youth will receive hands-on education that will stretch their minds as far as possible.​