The Community Foundation awards scholarships totaling $314,200

Jun 23, 2014

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently approved scholarships totaling $314,200 to 86 students in Western North Carolina. The foundation administers approximately 60 scholarships funds; approximately 45 run a spring cycle offered to high school seniors each year.

The top recipient was Isaac Sluder, of Tuscola High School, who was awarded the Clyde and Mildred Wright Scholarship, valued at $20,000 over four years, as well as the Chuck D. Hargrove Memorial Scholarship. Dakota Deeter and Jordan Johnson, both of Pisgah High School, were also awarded.

Scholarship endowments can have broad eligibility criteria or can be focused on a particular school or county, offered to students pursuing a degree in a stated field or available to those who will attend a designated college or university.

“CFWNC's spring scholarship cycle assisted 86 deserving students in 22 counties across Western North Carolina," said Jennie Eblen, member of the WNC Regional Selection Committee. "These bright, focused, high-achieving scholars — 54 girls and 32 boys —are attending 55 schools and hold great promise for our region and future. Our review committees engage nearly 100 volunteers, counselors, teachers and principals. It's an honor to work with this group and to assist these bright students.”

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving 18 counties in Western North Carolina.  The foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitates more than $11 million in charitable giving annually.  Discretionary resources are focused on People in Need, Early Childhood Development, Food and Farming and Preserving Natural and Cultural Resources.  CFWNC inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina.