Scholarships

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

Morgan Dudley is the recipient of a Scholarship from the Newton Academy-Forster/Stevens Scholarship Fund. She attends Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and will graduate with the Class of 2022. "This year I was named to the Dean’s list for both fall and spring semesters. I am also incredibly proud that, with your support, I earned my instrument airplane rating per my institution's aeronautical science degree program. I am well on my way to a Bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science. Thank you for your support over the course of this year. I can’t express how much your scholarship relieved some of my financial burdens and played a role in allowing me to chase my dreams."

How Programs are Awarded

The 2019-2020 scholarship cycle has closed. Applications for the next school year will be available in November 2020.

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.

Photo courtesy of William Windsor.

Meet William Windsor

My future goals are based on my strong interests in STEM topics. While in high school I took as many Engineering, Math, Physics and Chemistry classes as I could. I was a founding member of my school’s chapter of the Technology Student Association, along with being a member of the National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. I was also very involved with FIRST Robotics teams all four years of high school. I participated in the Summer Ventures program offered by the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics taking the Mathematical Evolutions course and attended a week long Additive Engineering workshop through NC State’s Engineering Summer Programs.

I attend North Carolina State University pursuing my goal of becoming a Mechanical Engineer. I will focus my studies on Additive Manufacturing, and I hope to participate in research opportunities at NCSU’s Center for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics (CAMAL). My long term plans are to earn a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Engineering. I am hopeful that my career as an Engineer will provide me opportunities to help innovate and advance Additive Manufacturing technology while making a positive contribution to society.

I am extremely grateful to the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina for their financial assistance as I pursue my goals and aspirations. The Nathaniel Ellis Cannady, Jr. and Roger W. Morrison Scholarships have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school which is learning. I hope that one day I will be able to help future students achieve their goals just as the CFWNC has helped me.

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

The 2020 scholarship cycle awarded $510,250 to 94 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.