Mary Rutledge Hemphill comes from a farming background and is a long-time resident of Buncombe County, North Carolina. She and her late husband Arthur Joe Hemphill, Jr. lived in Black Mountain, North Carolina for most of their lives, where Mrs. Hemphill still resides.
Not having children of their own, the Hemphills ‘adopted' numerous children who became very special to them over the years. In keeping with this love of children, and her deep affinity toward animals, Mrs. Hemphill established the Mary R. Hemphill Scholarship Fund in order to assist young people in our area who wish to study veterinary medicine.
Up to $2,500 renewable for 3 more years
Number Of Awards
June 4, 2021
Scholarships, renewable for two more years, are available to graduates of Western North Carolina's Charles D. Owen High School, Madison High School, or McDowell High School who are currently attending a college or university in North Carolina or Tennessee. Applicants must also be engaged in a course of study leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, with a strong preference for students with demonstrated interest in working with large animals.
The Community Foundation scholarships will be awarded without regard to age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious belief, or any other characteristic protected by law.
In order of consideration:
- demonstrated financial need
- a minimum of 3.0 weighted GPA
- work experience
To apply, students must complete an application online. The application, with required attachments, must be submitted online on or before the deadline. Click here to apply online.
The scholarship program is administered by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Please direct any questions about this scholarship to the Foundation's Scholarship Officer, Lezette Parks, at firstname.lastname@example.org.