Press release from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina:
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) recently approved scholarships totaling $540,000 to 103 students in Western North Carolina. Sixty volunteers from the community worked to review the applications and select recipients.
Top recipients included Michael Byrd from Martin L. Nesbitt Discovery Academy, who was awarded the Irving Jacob Reuter Award, valued at $40,000 over four years; Natalie Gabriel from Asheville High School, who was awarded the Marilyn Lester and William Lester Scholarship, valued at $40,000 over four years; Jeshua Pott from Martin L. Nesbitt Discovery Academy, who was awarded the Nathaniel Ellis Cannady Jr. Scholarship, valued at $30,000 over four years; and Aionna Hyatt from Asheville High School, who was awarded the Clyde and Mildred Wright Endowment Fund Scholarship, valued at $20,000.
Additional Buncombe County students who were awarded scholarships include:
Caroline Bowers TC Roberson High School
Emma Cohn School of Inquiry and Life Sciences
Larkin Dale Charles D. Owen High School
Bethany Davis Enka High School
Evan Davison School of Inquiry and Life Sciences
Will Dorsey Clyde A. Erwin High School
Antonio Flores Clyde A. Erwin High School
Ellie Garst TC Roberson High School
Sarah Ann Hamrick Charles D. Owen High School
Harrison Kaufmann NC State University
Quinton Kaufmann NC State University
Emmie Kendrick School of Inquiry and Life Sciences
Mitsy Garcia-Lopez Buncombe County Early College
Samuel Manske North Buncombe High School
Riley Marshall Veritas Christian Academy
Leah Moore Enka High School
Sarah Morrissey AC Reynolds High School
Alexandria Plemmons Enka High School
Sean Poarch NC School of Science and Math
Elizabeth Propst Asheville High School
Shaelyn Roberts North Buncombe High School
Rebecca Scothorn School of Inquiry and Life Sciences
Chelsea Troutman School of Inquiry and Life Sciences
Julia Willett Clyde A. Erwin High School
John Witherspoon Asheville Christian Academy
Kendall Zorn A.C. Reynolds High School
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.
“The quality of our applicants was so high that selecting the finalists was tough,” said David Williamson, Waynesville resident and first-year member of the WNC Regional Scholarship Committee. “Awarding scholarships to such accomplished students is inspiring. I look forward to their future success and contributions as worthy representatives of Western North Carolina schools and communities.”
CFWNC is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018. CFWNC works with families, businesses and nonprofits to strengthen communities through the creation of charitable funds and strategic grantmaking. A permanent charitable resource, the Foundation manages over 1,060 funds and has facilitated more than $216 million in philanthropy since its founding in 1978. CFWNC continues to evolve to help donors and nonprofits meet their charitable goals and to serve the ever-changing needs of Western North Carolina and beyond. Learn more at www.cfwnc.org.