Nathaniel Ellis Cannady, Jr. Scholarship

Nathaniel Ellis Cannady, Jr., has been a resident of Asheville since 1951, when he came to work in the electrical contracting business with the M. B. Haynes Electrical Corporation. Over the years the company added general construction, heating and cooling, plumbing and other construction-related businesses to the corporation, making M. B. Haynes Corporation the multifaceted construction company it is today.

Mr. Cannady established this scholarship as a means to help local students who wish to pursue a career in the engineering or construction industry, fields that have provided Mr. Cannady and his family with an engaging, beneficial and enjoyable lifestyle.

As part of giving back to the community, Mr. Cannady now wishes to make this opportunity available to the area's young people.


$5,000 renewable for 3 more years

Number Of Awards

One Award


Jan. 22, 2024


Scholarships, renewable for up to three more years, are available to graduating public high school seniors from schools located in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Rutherford and Yancey counties. Students who are legal residents of any one of those counties who are attending the NC School of Science and Mathematics are also eligible.Students must be planning to attend college in the fall following the award and be enrolled in a full-time course of study. Students may attend any accredited U.S. 2-year community college or 4-year college or university of their choice. PLEASE NOTE: In order to qualify, applicants must be intending to study engineering, construction, project management or information technology.

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

Academic ability/achievement, as determined by

  • a minimum of 3.0 weighted GPA
  • good performance on standardized tests (SAT or ACT)
  • class rank in the top 30%

Preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need.

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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