Lynn Brown Slater Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1994, this scholarship program was inspired by the spirit of giving demonstrated throughout the life of Lynn Brown Slater. It is the mission of this fund to continue her charitable efforts through recognition of and assistance to outstanding youth in Ashe County.

Lynn, a 1984 graduate of Northwest Ashe High School, earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In pursuit of her goal to become a commercial airline pilot, Lynn then began flying lessons. During this time, she also joined USAir as a Pittsburgh/Philadelphia-based flight attendant. She worked in this capacity for five years. On September 8, 1994, Lynn died in a tragic airplane crash at the age of 28.

While job-related travel took Lynn and her husband to many parts of the nation, they dreamed that the mountains of the Blue Ridge would someday be "home." It is fitting that this scholarship program benefits individuals that Lynn would have been pleased to call her neighbors and friends.

Lynn's generosity, kindness, enthusiasm, determination and positive attitude touched many lives. It is the sincere hope of her family that the youth of Ashe County are challenged by this award to further their education and to adopt her enduring qualities.


One-time $3,500

Number Of Awards

One Award


Jan. 22, 2024


Graduating seniors of Ashe County High School or Ashe Early College High School.

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

  • Good moral character
  • Community service (outstanding contributions to school and community)
  • Financial Need
  • Demonstrable self-expression
  • Academic ability/achievement
  • 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

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