The Community Foundation awards scholarships totaling $589,500

Press release from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina:
(July 2024) – The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) approved scholarships totaling $589,500 to 91 WNC students in 55 schools in 19 counties. More than 60 volunteers from the community worked to review applications and select recipients.
Buncombe County top recipients included: 

·         Lily Foo from Asheville High School who was awarded the Irving Jacob Reuter Award, valued at $60,000 over four years, the Rotary Club of Asheville Harry R. Morrill Scholarship, valued at $5,000, and the WNC Regional/Newton Academy-Forster/Stevens Scholarship, valued at $1,000

·         Adale Davey from Asheville High School who was awarded the Marilyn Lester and William Lester Scholarship, valued at $40,000 over four years

·         Kyleah Searles from Asheville High School who was awarded the Marilyn Lester and William Lester Scholarship, valued at $40,000 over four years

·         Ivy Niemas from Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy who was awarded the Nathaniel Ellis Cannady, Jr. Scholarship, valued at $20,000 over four years

Other Buncombe County students awarded scholarships are:
Tessa SchoonoverA. C. Reynolds High School  
Ashley ArmstrongAsheville High School
Sophie KafkaAsheville High School
Colton DoverAsheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Kaydon IngleAsheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Eden Barnwell Buncombe County Virtual Academy
Chase LocascioCarolina Day School
Wilson DavisCharles D. Owen High School  
Annie Sky RosenerCharles D. Owen High School
Riley Hughes-SnyderClyde A. Erwin High School
Taylor McHoneEnka High School  
Ellie OglesbyEnka High School 
Addison BennettEnka High School
Addison HudginsFranklin School of Innovation
Benjamin AutenHome School
Aeden BoyerIC Imagine
Aiden Bennett Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy  
Miles GastMartin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy
Maeve GermanMartin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy
Gyani PatelNC School of Science and Mathematics
Rilyn MillerNC School of Science and Mathematics
Elijah RobertsNorth Buncombe High School  
Rebecca MooreNorth Carolina State University  
Maya ResnickSchool of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville (SILSA)
Holly ReyherT.C. Roberson High School
Louci ThomasonT.C. Roberson High School
Delila CruzT.C. Roberson High School
Neely Hudgins University of North Carolina at Asheville
Emily O’BriantUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ashlee DennyUniversity of North Carolina School of the Arts
Michael HalpinWestern Carolina University
Scholarship endowments can have broad eligibility criteria, 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.  
“Awarding scholarships is a rewarding and collaborative process,” said Vice President for Programs Philip Belcher. “WNC is home to many gifted, talented students. The members of our committees work to select the student they feel best represents the qualifications outlined in each scholarship’s guidelines. From a large pool of applicants, amazing students are chosen, and it is an honor to play a role in supporting their educational goals and futures.”  
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 1,300 funds and facilitated $24.8 million in grants last year bringing total giving to more than $387 million since its founding in 1978. Learn more at 
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