The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently approved scholarships totaling $360,450 to 94 students from Western North Carolina. The Foundation administers approximately 60 scholarships funds, about 40 of which run a spring cycle offered to high school seniors each year.
“The students we talked with are an interesting group, who want to pursue careers in a variety of fields including forensic science, digital art, communications, medicine, veterinary medicine and aviation,” said John Fleming, Chair of the WNC Regional Scholarships Committee. “They come from both intact and very challenging family situations. Their academics are phenomenal, and many have overcome huge obstacles and adversity with energy, enthusiasm, focus and dignity.” Fleming revels in the deeply rewarding position that enables donors and The Community Foundation to support deserving students facing financial obstacles. “We are investing in bright, humble, focused, high-achieving students, and our community will be much better off as a result of this well-deserved help.”
Nicholai C. Roman of Highlands School, Jessie F. Giaquinto, Olivia J. Boss and Sloane G. McDowell of Franklin High School and Mikel C. Morgan of Nantahala High School were awarded. Scholarship endowments can have broad eligibility criteria or can be focused on a particular school or county, offered to students pursuing a degree in a stated field or available to those who will attend a designated college or university.
In 2011, The Community Foundation adopted a new strategic plan that focuses discretionary resources on People in Need, Early Childhood Development, Food and Farming and Preserving Natural and Cultural Resources.
The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving eighteen counties in Western North Carolina. The Foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitates more than $8 million in charitable giving annually. CFWNC inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina. Information can be found at www.cfwnc.org.