Many donors have chosen to honor a loved one, alma mater, community or profession by establishing scholarship endowments. CFWNC currently manages 50 scholarship funds.

Emma Pullium, recipient of a WNC Regionals scholarship. She plans to attend Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia, and major in Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Piano. "This degree will enable me to move forward with my goal of becoming a professional accompanist at a church and/or college, open my own piano studio, and to be involved in community events, theater programs and children’s choirs. After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I plans to work towards a master’s degree in either Collaborative Piano or Piano Performance."

How Programs are Awarded

Scholarships are open to North Carolina residents who are public high school seniors, who attend the NC School of Science and Mathematics or the UNC School of the Arts High School or who study in a home school registered with the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education. There are programs open to private high school students in Buncombe County, and programs open to students already in college or who are employees or children of employees of certain area corporations. Scholarships may be applied to all nonprofit postsecondary two- and four-year colleges, universities, and vocational schools in the United States, unless otherwise specified in the relevant scholarship fund agreement.

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, with the exception of those programs with clearly stated restrictions or preference.

Eligibility Requirements

Review the list of available scholarships and eligibility requirements to be sure you qualify. In addition, applicants must demonstrate:

  • Financial need (unless otherwise noted)
  • Academic achievement or potential (based on class rank, GPA and SAT scores)
  • A history of active participation in school activities, community service, extracurricular involvement, and/or work experience
  • Strong moral character

You must meet the above criteria in addition to any further eligibility requirements stated for specific programs.

Meet Eva Humphries

"I graduated as the salutatorian from Chase High School in Forest City, NC, where I had the chance to be involved with many different clubs and activities such as; the Chase High Marching Band, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, BETA Club, KEY Club, and Student Government. I also have a strong passion for serving my community. I volunteer much of my time reaching out to those who are less fortunate, working with special needs children in the county, and spending many hours with the people at Cliffside Baptist Church. I will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have not yet declared a major, however, during my time in high school, I have developed a love for mathematics and may potentially pursue a degree in Math Education in hopes of teaching high school math.

I am thankful to the Clyde & Mildred Wright Scholarship Fund for their investment in the success of my future. My desire is to use my gifts and talents to give back to others and to invest in the lives of people. I am excited for the opportunities that come with going to college, and I can’t wait to see where life’s journeys take me. This scholarship has allowed me to go to college to further my education and pursue my dreams."

Elizabeth Brazas and Lezette Parks in Andrews, NC, with members of the committee to award the Reichman Scholarship.

The 2019 scholarship cycle awarded $559,000 to 99 students.

Many donors have chosen to honor a loved one, alma mater, community or profession by establishing scholarship endowments. The Foundation currently manages 50 scholarship funds. Contact our staff to discuss contributing to an existing scholarship fund or creating a scholarship endowment.

Contact Scholarship Officer Lezette Parks at 828-367-9909

Browse through our full directory of scholarships.