Asheville Young Woman Leadership Award

The Asheville Young Woman Leadership Award, founded by Asheville pediatrician Andrea Gravatt, is funded by many women in Buncombe County with a desire to recognize and encourage young women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and made significant contributions to their school and community. On both a local and national level, women have made our world a better place through their leadership. Often this leadership ability is due to the support and encouragement of others – particularly other women. The purpose of this award, which will be offered annually to young women who are juniors in high school, is to recognize the recipient's outstanding accomplishments and to encourage future leadership and contributions to her school and community.


One-time $1,000

Number Of Awards

One Award


Jan. 8, 2024


One (1) one-time award of $1000 is available this year. The recipient may apply the funds to any accredited post-high school educational program or to an approved enrichment program. High school junior women who reside in Buncombe County and attend a public or private high school in Buncombe, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, or the North Carolina School of the Arts are eligible to apply.

CFWNC ensures that all scholarship recipients are selected on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis and that selections are based on specific guidelines and criteria for each fund.

Selection Criteria

  • Extraordinary leadership and noteworthy achievements that have benefited her school and community
  • Good moral character
  • Academic ability/achievement (3.0 GPA minimum weighted)
  • Extracurricular activities

To Apply

To apply, students must complete an application online. The application, with required attachments, must be submitted online on or before the deadline. Award Year 2024 closed.

Application Procedure

The scholarship program is administered by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Please direct any questions about this scholarship to the foundation, at

Find a fact sheet for this scholarship here.

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