Mary R. Hemphill Scholarship

Mary Rutledge Hemphill comes from a farming background and is a long-time resident of Buncombe County, North Carolina. She and her husband Arthur Joe Hemphill, Jr. lived in Black Mountain, North Carolina for most of their lives.

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 $5,000 renewable for 3 more years

Number Of Awards

One Award


June 3, 2024


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.

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

In order of consideration:

  • demonstrated financial need
  • a minimum of 3.0 weighted GPA
  • work experience

To Apply

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.

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's Scholarship Officer, Lezette Parks, at

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