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

The 2022 scholarship cycle awarded $516,250 to 90 students. Contact our staff to discuss contributing to an existing scholarship fund or creating a scholarship endowment.

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

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.

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.

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 Sophia Fairbairn.

Meet Sophia Fairbairn

Athlete and musician Sophia Fairbairn is an accomplished violinist who volunteered to playing violin music for residents at the Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center while in high school. “I explored an interest in the impact of music on the brain and emotions. This led me to want to do interdisciplinary research about the brain and emotions, connecting music with psychology. I now join UNC-Chapel Hill’s Class of 2025 with a potential major in psychology and minor in music. I plan to join the UNC Symphony and explore social justice issues and community service. These scholarships help to open doors. I look forward to finding ways to pay it forward.”

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

Contact Scholarship Officer Lezette Parks at 828-367-9909

Browse through our full directory of scholarships.