Scholarship Stories


Scholarship Officer Lezette Parks with recipient Raleigh Cury. Learn more about Raleigh.  Photo courtesy of CFWNC.

The Community Foundation administers approximately 60 scholarship funds, about 40 of which run in the spring cycle of programs offered to high school seniors each year. Most of our scholarship endowment funds have broad eligibility criteria, allowing students in Western North Carolina who wish to attain a higher education to attend the U.S. schools of their choice. Other programs have a more specific focus, serving a particular school or county, offered to students pursuing a degree in a stated field, or available to those that will attend a designated college or university. The 2018 scholarship cycle awarded $540,000 to 103 students.

"As a member of the WNC Regional Scholarship Committee, I continue to be amazed by the high caliber of scholarship candidates we review. All of them are nearly perfect academically, while participating in numerous sports, clubs and community service organizations. We are fortunate to personally interview a number of them each year, and the CFWNC scholarships are critical in allowing the brightest of the bright to pursue their dreams. It is extremely rewarding to participate in this process, but each year I wonder about the students that just missed the cut. I am very thankful for CFWNC's efforts to continue to grow the WNC Regional Scholarship fund so we can help more very deserving students."

– Lane Lastinger

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