R. Walker Geitner III Memorial Scholarship

This memorial scholarship was established by Walker's family to honor the life and achievements of this outstanding young man. It is further established to help a graduate of Asheville High School pursue an education in film, video production, visual or performing arts. Students from Asheville High who attend the North Carolina School of the Arts are also eligible to apply. Walker would have received his diploma from Asheville High School on June 6, 1994, but he died just two days earlier of complications from congenital heart disease. He is remembered as a wonderful young man, full of charm and wit, and passionate in his pursuit of film studies. His courage and determination in the face of physical challenges were inspirational; his wisdom and faith earned him great respect and admiration from his family and friends of all ages.


One-time $2,000

Number Of Awards

One Award


Jan. 22, 2024


One scholarship will be available to a graduate or graduating senior of Asheville High School who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in film, video production, visual or performing arts. Previous scholarship recipients may reapply for consideration for renewal while working towards an undergraduate degree.

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

  • Strong moral character
  • Emphasis on consistent and strong performance in the chosen discipline(film, video, visual or performing arts)
  • Special achievements and/or recognition in film, video or the arts
  • Academic ability/achievement in other subjects will be considered
  • Financial need
  • Community service (contributions to school and community)
  • Extracurricular activities/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. 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's Scholarship Officer, Lezette Parks, at parks@cfwnc.org.

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