The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently approved scholarships totaling $315,250 to 87 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.
According to John Fleming of the WNC Regional Scholarships Committee, the young people interviewed during the selection process impressed the committee with their focus, ambition and commitment to their work and communities. “This is a group of young people who are pursuing their education and dreams with determination and excitement,” he said. “Some of these future pharmacists, linguists, engineers, doctors and veterinarians come from economically-depressed households or otherwise face hurdles that might make academic success a challenge but they do not let anything stand in their way. It is deeply rewarding to be able to support their efforts.”
Sarah E. Power and Amy E. Fogle of Highlands High School, Jennifer G. Richter and Erich J. Baker of Franklin High School, Justin L. Solesbee of Nantahala High School and home-schooled student Canyon S. Woodward 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.
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina promotes and expands regional philanthropy and develops funds to address changing needs and opportunities in the 18 counties of Western North Carolina. CFWNC has awarded more than $120 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and public institutions since 1978.
Visit The Community Foundation’s website at www.cfwnc.org for more information.