Murice C. Talley Memorial Scholarship

The Murice C. Talley Memorial Scholarship was established by his family to honor his life and his commitment to ensuring that young people are encouraged to continue their education after high school and are able to access the financial resources to do so.

Murice Talley was a leader in the furniture industry in Morganton and Burke County and made his home here for many years. He believed in the worth of every individual and was a beloved boss and colleague, known for providing encouragement and support whenever it was needed. This scholarship honors that special legacy and is intended to convey to its recipients what Mr. Talley would want them to know and believe about themselves: each person has special gifts and the potential to use them to better themselves, their family and our community.


$1,000 renewable for up to three more years

Number Of Awards

One Award


Jan. 22, 2024


Graduating seniors from Avery County's Crossnore Academy, Burke County's Jimmy C. Draughn, East Burke, Freedom and Robert L. Patton high schools, and the North Carolina School for the Deaf at Morganton, who will attend any accredited 2-year community college or 4-year college or university in the U.S., and be enrolled in a full-time course of study.

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.

Selection Criteria

  • Strong moral character
  • Financial need
  • Academic ability (preference given to students with an unweighted GPA of 2.0 - 3.3)
  • Commitment to complete a 2-year or 4-year degree
  • Community service - contributions to school and community
  • Extracurricular activities and/or work experience

Application Procedure

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.

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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