Brevard College offers scholarship to Haywood students

Dec 18, 2013
Town of Canton Alderman and Professor Dr. Ralph A. Hamlett, Canton Mayor Michael Ray and Brevard College President David Joyce.

BREVARD — Brevard College announced this week that it will offer half tuition scholarship to high school graduates of Haywood County. The announcement was made in response to a request by Ralph A. Hamlett to Brevard College President David Joyce for the scholarship.

“We’re excited to be able to provide this educational opportunity for Haywood County students who otherwise would not have the resources to attend college,” said Joyce. “It’s important to us that we share the many exceptional areas of study that Brevard College has to offer with our local students.”

On Monday, Canton Mayor Michael Ray traveled to the Brevard College campus with Town Alderman Hamlett, a Haywood County native, who has taught political communications at Brevard College for 16 years. During their visit, Ray had an opportunity to tour campus and meet with Joyce as well as members of the college’s faculty and administration.

“On behalf of the Town of Canton, I wish to express our deepest appreciation to Brevard College and also to Canton alderman and professor Hamlett in helping to establish this scholarship opportunity for the students of Haywood County,” said Ray. “I commend his leadership and service to the Town of Canton and his dedication to the future education of our children.”

“I love my community and Brevard College,” said Hamlett. “And, I am delighted to be able to share this incredible opportunity for our students in Canton and our surrounding county to continue their dreams to learn and to lead. It’s a win-win for all of us.”

Brevard College’s long-standing commitment to aid local students began in 1853 in a one-room schoolhouse where the college's first leader, The Rev. Laban Abernethy, set as a goal that, "None shall ever be turned away for want of means."  Today, almost 20 percent of the college’s student body comes from western North Carolina.

The college’s experiential academic programs, small class sizes, outstanding faculty, and mountain location combine to create a unique educational atmosphere that challenges local students to meet their potential.

Earlier this fall, the campus welcomed a record-breaking, incoming class of more than 300 students; nearly doubling the number of new, local students from surrounding counties.

In addition to Haywood County, Brevard College also offers half tuition scholarships to high school graduates of Transylvania, Henderson, Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell, and Yancey counties.

To receive the Brevard College half tuition scholarship, students are encouraged to apply for admission today at Applicants must be accepted for admission.  Students and families are also encouraged to schedule their Brevard College campus visit today by calling 828-884-8332.


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