Area students earn scholarships from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina


The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently approved scholarships totaling $360,450 to 94 students from Western North Carolina. The Foundation administers approximately 60 scholarships funds, about 40 of which run a spring cycle offered to high school seniors each year.

“The students we talked with are an interesting group, who want to pursue careers in a variety of fields including forensic science, digital art, communications, medicine, veterinary medicine and aviation,” said John Fleming, Chair of the WNC Regional Scholarships Committee. “They come from both intact and very challenging family situations. Their academics are phenomenal, and many have overcome huge obstacles and adversity with energy, enthusiasm, focus and dignity.” Fleming revels in the deeply rewarding position that enables donors and The Community Foundation to support deserving students facing financial obstacles. “We are investing in bright, humble, focused, high-achieving students, and our community will be much better off as a result of this well-deserved help.”

Top recipient Adele Bernard-Citer of the North Carolina School of Science & Math won the prestigious Irving Jacob Reuter Award, valued at $48,000 over four years. This scholarship recognizes exceptional academic performance, coupled with significant school and community involvement. Five other finalists in this competition – Nathaniel E. Broadhurst of North Buncombe High School, Chloe M Hamilton and Edgar “Taylor” Morris of Charles D. Owen High School, Christina R. Maxwell of A.C. Reynolds High School and Allen T. Worth of Asheville High School – each received a one-time award of $1,000. The Irving Jacob Reuter Award, funded by the Janirve Foundation through CFWNC, is offered to public high school seniors in Buncombe and Madison counties.

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.

Buncombe County students who were awarded scholarships include:

Emily R. Aungst, Buncombe Middle College High School
Andrew “Drew” Benbow, Buncombe Early College High School
Adele Y. Bernard-Citer, N.C. School of Science and Math
Hannah L. Blankenship, Clyde A. Erwin High School
Nathaniel E. Broadhurst, North Buncombe High School
Colby M. Crawford, UNC Asheville
Katherine “Katie” Cavagnini, A.C. Ryenolds High School
Walter C. Godfrey, T.C. Roberson High School
Chloe M. Hamilton, Charles D. Owen High School
Melissa R. Haun, School of Inquiry and Life Sciences
Ben A. Herman, Asheville High School
Zachary T. Herman, Appalachian State University
Tyler T. Jacon, North Buncombe High School
James “Chris” Jones, Enka High School
Clara S. Kaufmann, Carolina Day School
Matthew R. Kerber, Asheville High School
Brenna L. Kirk, School of Inquiry and Life Sciences
Christina R. Maxwell, A.C. Reynolds High School
Brian M. Miller, Enka High School
Edgar “Taylor” Morris, Charles D. Owen High School
Tejal K. Naik, T.C. Roberson High School
Jordon M. Nash, Asheville High School
Cory E. Nuckolls, Asheville High School
Megan N. Painter A.C. Reynolds High School
Laura “Kathleen” Potter, North Buncombe High School
Allison E. Quinn, North Buncombe High School
Brianna N. Rock, School of Inquiry and Life Science
Rachel “Carson” Shore, N.C. School of Science and Math
Katelyn “Katie” Stewart, Clyde A. Erwin High School
Marissa M. Stockstand, A.C. Reynolds High School
Jessica “Jessie” Tomblin, Charles D. Owen High School
Madison C. Whalen, Asheville Christian Academy
Bryanna A. Williams, Asheville High School
Allen T. Worth, Asheville High School

In 2011, The Community Foundation adopted a new strategic plan that focuses discretionary resources on People in Need, Early Childhood Development, Food and Farming and Preserving Natural and Cultural Resources.

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving eighteen counties in Western North Carolina. The Foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitates more than $8 million in charitable giving annually. CFWNC inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina. Information can be found at


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