The Lester Scholarship Fund was established by Marilyn Lester to reflect the pride that she and her late brother, William (Bill) Lester, felt in being Asheville natives and their affection for growing up in Asheville. Most especially, Marilyn Lester wanted to express appreciation for the education she and Bill Lester received in the Asheville City Schools system, particularly at Lee Edwards High School (now Asheville High School).
Marilyn and Bill’s mother, Nina, encouraged them to consider any college or university for their own education “as long as it was in North Carolina and state-supported.” Her confidence in North Carolina’s system of state universities to provide an excellent education is honored by this scholarship, which provides an award for study at specific state institutions.
This scholarship offers a renewable award to help recipients with their educational expenses.
Graduating seniors of Asheville High School planning to attend one of the following state institutions in North Carolina: Appalachian State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Asheville, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, or Western Carolina University. Please note that even if selected to receive the award, the scholarship will not be paid to a student who chooses to attend a school not listed above. Awards are for full time attendance in a standard course of study.
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.
To apply, students must complete an application online. The application, with required attachments, must be submitted online on or before the deadline.
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: LESM. Click on Apply and enter the code into the Access Code box to begin the application.
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