Scholarships Overview

Our scholarships are open to North Carolina residents who are public high school seniors, who attend the NC School of Science and Mathematics or the UNC School of the Arts High School or who study in a home school registered with the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education. There are programs open to private high school students in Buncombe County, and programs open to students already in college or who are employees or children of employees of certain area corporations.



Chloe Schneider received a the Ruth Paddison Scholarship, a one-time $2,000  award and also the Newton Academy-Forster Stevens Scholarship, a $3,000 a year renewable scholarship valued at $12,000 over four years.

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, with the exception of those programs with clearly stated restrictions or preference. 

Review the list of available scholarships and eligibility requirements to be sure you qualify. Use the links on the right side of this page to get all information about scholarships at CFWNC.  In addition, applicants must demonstrate:

  • Financial need (unless otherwise noted)
  • Academic achievement or potential (based on class rank, GPA and SAT scores)
  • A history of active participation in school activities, community service, extracurricular involvement, and/or work experience
  • Strong moral character

You must meet the above criteria in addition to any further eligibility requirements stated for specific programs.


Lezette Parks
Scholarship Officer
828-367-9909
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Many donors have chosen to honor a loved one, alma mater, community or profession by establishing scholarship endowments. The Foundation currently manages 60 scholarship funds [PDF].

The 2017 spring cycle awarded $425,600 to 95 students [PDF].

Contact our staff to discuss contributing to an existing scholarship fund or creating a scholarship endowment.

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