Walter "Pop" Jarvis Scholarship

When Pop first visited the town of Crossnore in 1948, he saw a great need to help the children of this small mountain community. Working at the Crossnore School as a teacher, coach and house parent, Pop became to many a father figure, teaching the boys right from wrong and instilling in them values to help guide them through life.

In 1999, friends and former students of Pop's created a scholarship fund in his name. Contributions were used to establish a permanent scholarship endowment fund for students at Avery County High School. The fund honors his life of devotion to helping others, and his loyalty to the community. This scholarship continues Pop's lifelong work of helping young people make positive decisions and fulfill their potential.


One-time $1,000

Number Of Awards

One Award


Jan. 22, 2024


A graduating senior of Avery County High School who plans to pursue full-time higher education at any accredited college, university, community college or trade school within the U.S.

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
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Academic ability
  • Community service (contributions to school and the larger community)
  • Extracurricular activities and/or 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, at

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