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Harry W. Clarke Memorial Scholarship Programs – William A. Hart Award

The Harry W. Clarke Scholarship Programs, established by longtime friends and associates to honor the life of Harry Wilson Clarke, commemorate his commitment to educational opportunities for young people in Western North Carolina. Harry Clarke died in an aircraft accident in 1987. At the time of his death, Mr. Clarke was in his twenty-fifth year as President and twenty-eighth year as a leader of Western Carolina Industries, Inc. Under his leadership, WCI grew from a six county area to twenty-nine with some 600 companies in membership. Mr. Clarke is noted for bringing the Western North Carolina region into the Modern Industrial Era. Harry Clarke in his quiet, effective way prodded both schools and employees to do a better job of serving the needs of students, and he helped companies to become involved in local education, all to the mutual benefit of schools and the business community.

Amount

$1,000 renewable for one more year

Number of Awards

One Award

Deadline

Jan. 17, 2017

Eligibility

One scholarship, renewable for one additional year, may be awarded to graduating seniors from any public high school in the 29-county Western North Carolina region to attend a North Carolina two-year community college. In addition, students with permanent homes with the 29-county WNC region who attend the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the UNC School of the Arts High School, or a Home School registered with the NC Department of Non-Public Education may apply if they will attend a North Carolina two-year community college.

The Community Foundation scholarships will be awarded without regard to age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious belief, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Selection Criteria

  • Financial need
  • Academic ability/achievement
  • Good moral character
  • Community service (at school and in the larger community); extracurricular activities; work experience

Application Procedure

To apply, students must complete an application online.  The application, with required attachments, must be submitted online on or before the deadline.

An essay is not required for this scholarship.

Go to the online instructions and read carefully, view the applicant video and begin the process.  Write down the following code to enter into the online system after you have logged on:  CLA2.  Click on Apply and enter the code into the Access Code box to begin the application.

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