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Western Carolina University    
 
    
 
  Feb 25, 2018
 
ARCHIVED 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Scholarships


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Applying for Scholarships

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The Office of Financial Aid manages academic scholarship awards supported by funds from donors. The Financial Aid Office cooperates with the admissions office and representatives from the colleges in screening applicants and making awards through the University Scholarship Committee. A scholarship application is not required to be considered. Students will be considered for all scholarships for which they may be eligible. For information about eligibility for academic scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Office.

A variety of departmental and athletic scholarship awards are available, and the admissions office manages scholarships for entering freshmen. For more information about freshman scholarships, contact the admissions office. The Office of Student Affairs also awards some leadership and special scholarships. Students who have declared a major should inquire in their academic department office or their college dean’s office about scholarships in their discipline. For information about athletic scholarships, contact the athletics office.

Scholarship Listing

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Western Carolina University is proud to recognize many of the generous contributors who have funded endowed scholarships for deserving students. The following is not intended to be a complete listing of all available scholarships.

Advertising Federation of Western North Carolina Scholarship Fund. This endowed scholarship program, established by the federation to promote careers in advertising, provides support for rising, entering, or enrolled juniors and seniors pursuing a concentration of courses in the advertising/marketing field. Preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need, and the awards may be renewed for a total of two years. Contact the dean of the College of Business.

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Ashe Scholarship. This fund was established by a bequest from the estate of Beulah Ashe Ensley in honor and memory of her parents. Awards are for students from Jackson or Haywood counties who demonstrate financial need. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Deborah J. Bardo Employee Scholarship Fund. The purpose of this fund shall be to provide support for entering Western Carolina University students who have proven themselves to be academically deserving. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of merit and need to entering students who are children or grandchildren of current University employees.

The Maxie E. Beaver Award. To provide support for the annual Outstanding Student Teacher in Music. Contact the Head of the Department of Music.

The John Beegle Alumni and Friends Scholarship. To provide assistance to seniors planning to pursue a Master of Accountancy degree. Contact the Dean of the College of Business.

Biology Department Scholarship Fund. This endowment, established by the faculty of the WCU Department of Biology, supports scholarships for biology students at Western Carolina University. Contact the head of the Department of Biology.

Proffitt’s Pecuniary Propitiousness Protocol. The purpose of this fund is to recognize and assist those majoring in Computer Science who have shown themselves academically worthy and have proven themselves deserving. Contact Mark Holliday at holliday@email.wcu.edu.

The Thomas W. Bird Scholarship Fund. Established by a bequest from the estate of Thomas W. Bird, this fund supports needy and deserving students. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Bruce Blankenship Scholarship Fund. This scholarship program provides financial support for students pursuing a college education while working full-time. Priority consideration is given to students studying psychology, social work, business administration, or curricula in the Department of Human Services. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Antonio Bonarrigo Nursing Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund provides financial support to juniors or seniors in the nursing program. Candidates will be considered and recommended by a Nursing Department faculty scholarship committee. Contact the Department of Nursing.

The Nicholas and Grady Justice Bonarrigo Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund provides financial support to students who have graduated from a Western North Carolina high school (Buncombe, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Cherokee, Swain, Henderson, Transylvania, Graham, or Madison). Candidates will be considered on the basis of financial need, academic qualifications, and overall achievements. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Taft B. and Malvery Botner Scholarships. Annual awards are made to academically outstanding students to pursue careers in elementary education and reading. Scholarships are renewable depending upon academic performance and continued promise of success in teaching. Contact the Department of Elementary and Middle Grades Education.

James L. Breece Scholarship. Established by James L. Breece, this scholarship fund provides support for a student who has graduated from a Western North Carolina high school, is majoring in chemistry, and is academically and financially in need of a scholarship. Dr. James Breece grew up in Waynesville, North Carolina and was a 1967 graduate of Western Carolina University. Contact the head of the chemistry department.

Albert Dudley Brewer Scholarships. These endowed scholarships, supported by the Adelaide Louise Brewer Fund, provide assistance for students with impaired hearing. Contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Frank H. Brown Family Scholarships. This endowment, which honors the long-time relationship of the Frank H. Brown family with Western Carolina University, provides awards to chemistry students. Selection is based on scholastic attainments and capabilities, character, and overall potential. Contact the head of the chemistry department.

Gracie and David H. Brown Sr. Scholarships. This endowment honors a former superintendent of Jackson County Schools and his wife, a Cullowhee community leader. Preference is given to visually impaired students. Contact the Office of Student Affairs.

The Helen Ramsey Brown Scholarship. To provide support to a senior in the area of humanities and a senior in the area of natural sciences. Contact the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Kim L. Brown Award for Excellence in Tutoring. To provide support to a student(s) selected by the Director of the Writing Center in consultation with the Chairman, Department of English.

The Mandy Buchanan and Daniel Ledford Music Scholarship Fund. The families of Mandy Buchanan and Daniel Ledford established this memorial fund to provide scholarship support for students from Haywood County majoring in music who participate in Western’s marching band. Contact the head of the music department.

The Michael Buckner Scholarship. To provide support to students who participate in the marching band and have proven themselves to be academically deserving. Contact the Department of Music.

Robert A. “Art” Byrd Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund was established through the generosity of the friends and family of Robert A. “Art” Byrd in his memory. The scholarship provides financial support for students who graduated from a McDowell County public high school and whose current permanent residence is in McDowell County, North Carolina. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Dr. Fred R. and Berniece H. Cain Scholarship Fund. Dr. Fred R. and Berniece H. Cain created this scholarship to assist students in obtaining a degree from Western Carolina University. Preference is given to Macon County residents. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Louise Mason Caldwell Scholarship Fund. This endowed scholarship program provides financial support for Cherokee Indians to attend Western Carolina University. Contact the director of the WCU Cherokee Center.

The Capps Family Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund provides financial support for middle grade education students. Candidates must have graduated from a high school in one of the 17 western most NC counties, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have validated financial need. Contact the College of Education and Allied Professions.

Patrick Lee Carmody Scholarship Fund. This memorial scholarship fund provides financial support for qualified students majoring in communication (radio and television). The awards are based on academic achievement, civic and social activity, and contributions to student programs and activities. Contact the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts.

The Catawba County Christian Business and Professional Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund provides financial support for entering freshmen. Preference will be given to a student from Catawba County, NC, with first preference given to candidates from Hickory High School and St. Stephens High School. Though no student is excluded from consideration of this award regardless of faith, candidates shall be considered based on their demonstration of the highest standards of moral character, including those exemplified by traditional Christian principles. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Channing C. Carpenter Scholarship Fund. This endowment was established by friends and family of Dr. Chan Carpenter, who joined the WCU faculty in 1967. Dr. Carpenter taught constitutional law and American government sub-specialties such as the presidency. He was selected SGA’s “Man of the Year” in 1969. Contact the head of the Department of Political Science.

The Christopher Thomas Cash/Sigma Nu Fraternity Scholarship Fund. This memorial fund was established to make awards to brothers of Kappa Phi Chapter at Western Carolina University. Contact the Sigma Nu fraternity scholarship committee.

Katherine Causey Award. This award provides financial support for women who graduated from high schools in Alamance, Guilford, and Randolph Counties or counties west of the above-named counties in North Carolina and who are majoring in biology or English. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Ronnie G. Childress Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund, established to support scholarships in baseball, honors the memory of Ronnie Childress. Ronnie, a 1970 WCU graduate, worked as a radio announcer at the family-owned radio station in Sylva. Contact the director of athletics.

Norma Brake Cook Scholarship. This scholarship was established in honor of Norma Brake Cook who served as a Clinical Lab Sciences professor. Students must be accepted to and plan to participate in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program and demonstrate financial need. Contact the CLS Department.

Wilma Cosper Scholarship. This scholarship program provides financial support for deserving students who have declared a major in one of the academic programs in the Human Environmental Sciences. Contact the dean of the College of Applied Sciences.

Crum Scholarship Fund. This endowed scholarship fund was established in honor of Joseph and Mabel Crum, former members of the Western Carolina University faculty. The fund provides support for undergraduate mathematics majors and English majors. Contact the appropriate department.

The Cullowhee High School Alumni Scholarship Fund. This fund was established by alumni of Cullowhee High School to assist former students or relatives of former students, faculty, and staff of Cullowhee High in attending Western Carolina University. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be approved by the Cullowhee High School scholarship committee. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Cullowhee School District Award. This award program provides funds for graduates of the Cullowhee school district who desire to attend WCU. Selection is based on achievement, participation in various school activities, overall social and civic contributions, and financial need. Contact the school counselor at Smoky Mountain High School.

Andrea Culpepper Scholarship Fund. This memorial scholarship fund provides financial support for students enrolled in the nursing program. Contact the dean of the College of Applied Sciences.

Homer Ray Davis Scholarship. This scholarship was established to honor Homer Ray Davis, the son of Sue Morgan Davis of Jackson County. It provides scholarship assistance on a need basis to students from Jackson, Swain, and Macon Counties. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Delta Sigma Phi Alumni Scholarship. To provide support for a current brother of the Delta Omicron Chapter who is in good standing. An application must be presented to the Delta Sigma Phi Scholarship Committee prior to the academic year of the award.

Dr. A. P. and Frances Dickson Scholarships. A scholarship is awarded annually to a fulltime undergraduate student who currently resides in Hoke County, North Carolina. Recipients are chosen by the financial aid office on the basis of academic standing and financial need. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

District I, North Carolina Retired School Personnel Senior Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a rising senior in the College of Education and Allied Professions who is a resident of one of the thirteen Western North Carolina counties. Contact the dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions.

The Barbara and James Dooley Music Award. Established by Dr. and Mrs. James E. Dooley, this fund provides support for outstanding piano students. For more information, contact the head of the Department of Music and the director of the WCU Concert Choir.

Winston A. Felts Scholarships. These endowed scholarships honoring Winston Felts are awarded to students from Mitchell County who are majoring in music or teacher education on the basis of academic achievement, overall civic and social activities and contributions, and financial need. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Ulysses H. Ferguson Family Scholarships. This endowment honors the memory of Edna Ferguson Rogers, an outstanding, dedicated teacher. It supports awards for students from Haywood County on the basis of financial need. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Mary Woods Flintom Scholarships. This endowment, honoring a former staff member, provides scholarships on the basis of overall social, civic, and academic achievement and potential, as well as financial need. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Xena Bristol Forsyth Scholarships. This endowment honors Mrs. Xena Bristol Forsyth and her son, William Frank Forsyth. It supports awards for juniors and seniors in the College of Business. Preference is given to students from Cherokee, Clay, and Graham counties. Contact the dean of the College of Business.

The Charles O. Frazier Endowed Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund provides financial support to an incoming freshman enrolled in a full-time, degree-seeking course of study. Preference will be given to a graduate of Franklin High School, Franklin, NC, who has demonstrated financial need. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Henry Galloway Scholarship. To provide support to students majoring in undergraduate education programs and have graduated from a western North Carolina high school (Burke County and west). Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Gerri Wright Garrett Scholarship. This scholarship is designed to assist female students from Swain, Graham, and Macon counties attending Western Carolina University. Preference will be shown to non-traditional students from Swain County who demonstrate financial need.

The Gender Equity in Athletics Endowment. To provide support for men and women athletes to share equally in the opportunities available. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Sam Gibson Scholarship. This renewable scholarship, established by Charles Yandell, a close personal friend of Sam Gibson, provides support for education students attending Western Carolina University. Selection is based on the combination of financial need, academic qualifications, and overall achievements. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Linda Jones Hudson Gilbert Scholarship. This scholarship assists students from Western North Carolina in obtaining a degree in education. Selection will be based on demonstrated financial need. Preference will be shown to first generation college students. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Timothy Edward and Betsy Jones Gillespie Scholarship Fund. Established by Tim and Betsy Gillespie, this fund assists students from Western North Carolina in obtaining a computer information systems degree. Recipients must be from Western North Carolina, demonstrate financial need, and be a rising junior or senior computer information systems major. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate significant community and campus involvement. Contact the computer information systems department.

Glaxo Women in Science Scholarship. The Glaxo Women in Science Scholars endowed scholarship is established to provide scholarships for full-time women students at WCU. The purpose of the scholarship fund is to recognize outstanding scholarship, to provide an incentive for women science students to enter the science professions, and to provide students with a woman scientist mentor at Glaxo Inc. Contact the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Odell Griffin Memorial. To provide support to an outstanding pitcher on the Catamount baseball team. Contact the Department of Athletics.

The Joshua Thomas Grooms Scholarship Fund. This scholarship was established in the memory of Joshua Thomas Grooms, who was a student at Western. This fund is designated to assist industrial distribution juniors and seniors in pursuing their degree from WCU. The recipient must demonstrate financial need. Contact the engineering technology department.

Inez Wooten Gulley Scholarships. This endowment, honoring a former head of the music faculty, supports awards for music students. An audition is required. Contact the head of the Department of Music.

The Beverly D. Hairfield, Jr. Scholarship. To provide support to a deserving student(s) who graduated from a high school in either Avery, Burke, Caldwell or McDowell Counties, NC. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

David McKee Hall Jr. Scholarships. These renewable scholarships are based on academic achievement, leadership ability and potential, and civic and social activities and contributions.
Preference is given to students from the Eleventh Congressional District who plan to pursue the study of law or a related field. Contact the dean of the College of Business.

The Lola Harwood Fund. This scholarship, established in memory of John Henry and Mary Ida Harwood of Swain County, provides scholarships to Western North Carolina students who excel academically. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The L. Milton Hauser Scholarship Fund. This memorial fund, established by the family of L. Milton Hauser, provides awards to students majoring in elementary or middle grades education. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Haywood County Western Alumni Scholarships. These endowed scholarships are awarded to Pisgah and Tuscola High School graduates as recommended by high school counselors on the basis of financial need. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Horatio A. and Adah G. Helder Scholarships. Graduates of public high schools in Haywood County who have financial need may receive scholarships to attend Western Carolina University. Each scholarship is renewable for four years. Contact a high school guidance counselor.

The Lester C. Henderson Scholarship. To provide support to full-time WCU student who graduated from Macon, Clay, or Cherokee county high schools and are in need of financial assistance. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Billy and Ruth Hice Scholarships. Established in memory of Billy and Ruth Hice, this scholarship fund supports students who are pursuing a degree in history. Contact the head of the history department.

The History Department Academic Excellence. Established by the faculty in the Department of History, these scholarship awards are for students planning to pursue a major in history. Consideration for scholarship will be based on merit. Contact the history department.

Dillard Hooper Scholarship. Established through a bequest from the estate of Louise Hooper, this scholarship will be awarded annually on the basis of financial need to two students from Jackson County who attend Western Carolina University. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Hospitality Management Scholarship Fund. Established by W.D. McKee Sr., this scholarship will provide financial support for students majoring in hospitality management. Contact the dean of the College of Applied Sciences.

The H. T. and Glen Weaver Hunter Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund was established through the generosity of Miss Marthlou Hunter, a 1930 graduate of Western. Ms. Hunter’s father, Hiram T. Hunter, was president of Western from 1920 until his death in 1946. Preference is given to entering freshmen on the basis of financial need, and renewals depend upon satisfactory progress. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Marshall Hyde Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students from Graham County who have expressed an interest in horticulture, forestry, or environmental improvement. Contact the Graham County school superintendent.

Wallace Hyde Scholarship Fund. Established by Mrs. Hyde in honor of her husband, this scholarship fund provides financial assistance to qualified and deserving high school graduates residing in Graham County or surrounding counties. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina Scholarship Fund. This fund was established by Tim Laney, president of the IIANC, to provide scholarships for students who are pursuing careers in insurance, risk management, or general business. Contact the dean of the College of Business.

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. To provide support to a student who graduated from a Jackson County, NC, high school, preferably, and who is affiliated (a member or immediate family member) with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Jackson County Western Alumni Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund was established by the alumni and friends of Western Carolina University in Jackson County to provide financial support for deserving young Jackson County students in baccalaureate degree programs at Western. Scholarship recipients are selected from Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain High Schools on the basis of financial need and other criteria. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Dee Ann Jagger Memorial Scholarship. To provide support for members of the women’s varsity tennis team. Selection will be based on academic achievement, talent, potential and overall participation in social, civic, and school activities. Preference will be given to upperclass students who have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or above and have expressed a desire to attend graduate school. Contact the WCU Tennis Coach.

The William Kane Scholarship. To provide support to a rising senior majoring in management in the College of Business, who is a full time student and a resident of NC. Contact the Dean in the College of Business.

Kendall W. King Scholarship Fund. The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide financial support for worthy and deserving international students. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the award. Contact the dean of Research and Graduate Studies.

Jay I. Kneedler Scholarships. Awards are made to juniors and seniors in the College of Business based on overall social, civic, and academic achievement and potential. Contact the dean of the College of Business.

R. Kirk Landon Graduate Student Scholarship. This scholarship fund provides financial support for full-time, degree seeking students in a Masters Degree program. Preference will be given to qualified students from Haywood County, NC. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Linda Reep Lankford Scholarship Fund. This scholarship, established by Jesse R. Lankford in memory of his wife, Linda Reep Lankford, provides assistance to students majoring in elementary or middle grades education. Contact the dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions.

John Sam and Zonell McPhail Lay Endowment. Established by the John Sam Lay Trust, this scholarship provides financial support for students from South Carolina who are attending Western Carolina University.

Nell M. Leatherwood Scholarships. This endowment provides scholarships, renewable for four years, to help deserving students of Swain County. Applications are available from high school guidance counselors. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The John Donivan Hales/Jessie Lindsay Scholarship Fund. This fund was established by Jessie Lindsay Hales in memory of her husband, John Donivan Hales. Awards are made to students who are residents of Swain County and who have expressed an intention to major in elementary education. Contact the dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions.

The “Little E.J.” Scholarship Fund. This fund, established by Blanton and E. J. Whitmire in honor of the son of E.J. and Genevieve Whitmire, provides support for students majoring in special education. Contact the head of the Department of Human Services.

James Lee Love Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time North Carolina resident undergraduate student. Recipients are chosen by the financial aid office on the basis of academic standing and financial need. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Mary Lee McAllister Scholarship. To provide support to a rising junior or senior majoring in Electronics Engineering Technology. Contact the Head of the Industrial and Engineering Technology Department.

Ernest C. McCracken Scholarships. These endowed scholarships provide awards based on financial need and overall social, civic, and academic achievement and potential. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Joan and Malcolm MacNeill Merit Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund provides financial support for full-time, degree seeking undergraduate students. Candidates must be in good standing and will be considered on the basis of their overall academic merit. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Macon Bank Scholarship Fund. The purpose of this fund is to provide support for outstanding students from the North Carolina counties served directly by Macon Savings Bank, currently Macon, Cherokee, Clay, Henderson, Jackson, and Transylvania. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Dean Martin Business Fellowship Fund. This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. M. Dean Martin, a professor in business. Business students majoring in management, marketing, or graduate business programs receive awards based upon academic achievement, promise for continued scholarly accomplishment, and leadership potential. Contact the dean of the College of Business.

Alice Mathews Scholarship Fund. This endowed scholarship fund was established to honor a former member of the WCU faculty, Dr. Alice Mathews. The fund provides support for deserving history majors with priority consideration given to students with a 4.0 GPA. Contact the history department.

The Jacob Spencer Medford Scholarship. To provide support to a student participating in the Service Learning Program. Contact the Service Learning Advisory Committee.

George A. Milton Scholarship. Awarded to undergraduate students majoring in mathematics or mathematics education. Applicants must have scored at least a 550 on the mathematics portion of the SAT or an equivalent score on a comparable test and maintained at least a “B” average in all high school mathematics courses. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Morrill Family Memorial Fund. This memorial fund provides financial support for graduate students conducting research related to improving teaching. Contact the dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions.

The Mountaineer/Josephus Daniels Scholarship Award. Established by the Josephus Daniels Charitable Foundation for students from the primary circulation area of the Enterprise Mountaineer newspaper. Eligibility is based upon academic record, potential for continued achievement, successful participation in school-sponsored activities, leadership ability and potential, social and civic contributions, and need. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Raymond Edward Nelson Lambda Chi Alpha Scholarship Fund. This fund provides scholarship support for deserving young brothers of the Lambda Chi Alpha, Beta Zeta Chapter of Western Carolina University. Brothers are selected for high academic achievement, participation in various school activities, and overall social and civic contribution. Contact the fraternity for information.

The Helga Nielsen Scholarship Fund. This fund was established through the generosity of Helga Nielsen to provide scholarship assistance for Cherokee Indian students. Contact the director of the Western Carolina University Cherokee Center.

Josefina Niggli Scholarships. These endowed scholarships honoring Josefina Niggli, distinguished playwright and teacher, are made to students majoring in theatre arts with established records of achievement in the WCU theatre. Contact the head of the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts.

The Lucy Ann Nordyke Fellowship Fund. This scholarship was established by Martha Jean Rice in memory of her grandmother, Lucy Ann Nordyke, who was born in 1861 in the Cherokee Nation West. Scholarship support is provided for students pursuing a master’s degree in history and performing research in Cherokee Indian Studies. First priority is given to Cherokee Indians and Cherokee descendants. Contact the head of the history department.

Clyde M. Norton Scholarships. This endowment, established by the Norton family, honors the memory of Clyde Norton, an outstanding leader in business and public affairs in Western North Carolina. The fund provides support for students from McDowell County. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

J.W. and Patricia Palmer Scholarships. These endowed scholarships are awarded annually to students selected on the basis of academic achievement, civic and social activities, and leadership potential. Preference is given to residents of Clay County. Contact high school counselor.

The James William Pearce Scholarship Fund. This fund was established in memory of Dr. James William Pearce, who was an active member of the management faculty. This fund is designated to assist students in obtaining a management degree from Western Carolina University. The recipient must be a rising senior management major and demonstrate significant service activities. Contact the management department.

The Betty Peele Leadership Fund. To provide support to a female athlete who shows leadership on and off the court or field of play, and, who demonstrates excellence in and out of the classroom. Contact the Senior Women’s athletic Administrator of the WCU Athletic Department.

Pi Kappa Alpha/Robert L. Waters Scholarship Fund. This scholarship program is a memorial to Robert L. Waters for his outstanding leadership at Western Carolina University and in the Zeta Xi Chapter, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated social and civic contributions, and financial need. Contact the fraternity scholarship committee.

The Dean Carroll Plemmons Scholarship Fund. The fund has been established by the family of Dean Plemmons in recognition of his personal achievements and contributions to his profession and to society in general. The scholarship provides financial support for returning students whose records at Western Carolina University reflect sound accomplishment in the classroom, as well as successful participation in civic and social organizations. Contact Student Affairs.

The Brank and Juanita Farmer Proffitt Scholarship Fund. This scholarship was established by Mrs. Juanita Proffitt in honor of her husband, Dr. Brank Proffitt, to assist students originally from Madison County with their efforts to obtain a degree from Western Carolina University. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Proffitt’s Pecuniary Propitiousness Protocol. The purpose of this fund is to recognize and assist those majoring in Computer Science who have shown themselves academically worthy and have proven themselves deserving.

The Project Management Institute-Metrolina Chapter Scholarship. To provide support to full-time Masters of Project Management degree-seeking students. Students will be considered on the basis of their overall academic merit, financial need, and civic involvement. Contact Project Management Institute members who are on the faculty of WCU.

Jonathan Graham Pruett Scholarships. This endowment, a memorial to a former student, supports scholarships to worthy students who are active in the music program. Preference is given to students from Surry County who are in the band. Contact the Department of Music.

The Lawrence and Geneva Ramsey Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 1998 by Mylie Ramsey in memory of Lawrence and Geneva Ramsey. It provides support for Jackson County students who are rising Western Carolina University juniors. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Ramsey Family Scholarship Fund. This scholarship established in memory of Dr. Donald Ramsey, a Sylva optometrist, provides a full tuition award to a junior majoring in one of the preprofessional health sciences. Contact the head of the biology department.

Bronce and Betty Ray Scholarships. These scholarships for students majoring in business who live in the seventeen-county region of Western North Carolina are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, participation in various school activities, social and civic contributions, and financial need. Contact the dean of the College of Business.

The Leone Hyde Ray Scholarship. The family of Leone Hyde Ray established this endowed fund to provide scholarship support for education students attending Western Carolina University. This scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating high school senior from Graham County who has an interest in becoming a classroom teacher. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Freda Rayburn Scholarship for Women in Business. The purpose of this scholarship fund is to support women who have leadership potential in business and provide opportunities for them to participate in education for careers in business. Scholarships are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Contact the dean of the College of Business.

The Ed and Bertha Henson Reed Scholarship. This fund was established in memory of Mrs. Edwards’ parents, Ed and Bertha Henson Reed, who were lifelong residents of Jackson County, North Carolina. The purpose of the fund is to provide support for Western Carolina University students from Jackson County who are majoring in education or business and who have proven themselves to be financially and academically deserving. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Frances and Ted Reese Scholarship. This endowment, established by Frances and Ted Reese, supports scholarships for business students majoring in marketing. Recipients must be residents of North Carolina and rising seniors. Contact the dean of the College of Business.

The Steve and Linda Reese Scholarship. To provide support to students who are obtaining a business degree. The student must be a full-time, demonstrate financial need, and maintain a 2.75 GPA within his or her business major. Contact the Dean of the College of Business.

Paul A. Reid and Paul A. Reid Surry County Scholarships. Grants are available to graduates of Surry County high schools to attend Western Carolina University either as undergraduate or graduate students. Applications are available from high school guidance counselors. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Richard and Marian Renfro Scholarships. These endowed high school scholarships, which honor professors emeriti Richard and Marian Renfro, are awarded to students majoring in music education. Contact the head of the music department.

The John and Elisabeth Rice Scholarship Fund. Students who have declared a major and are working in a biology program of study are eligible for consideration. Contact the head of the biology department.

The Bobby S. and Anne B. Robinson Scholarship Fund. Established through the generosity of the I.L. Long Construction Company in Winston-Salem, this scholarship is to provide support for incoming freshmen from McDowell County or Swain County High Schools who demonstrate financial need. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Charles B. Ross Jr. Golf Scholarship. This scholarship was established in loving memory of Charles B. Ross Jr. Candidates must be contributing members of the intercollegiate golf teams and shall be considered on the basis of their integrity, financial need and academic qualifications. Contact the Athletics Department.

The Richard Thomas Ruhlman/Sigma Nu Fraternity Scholarship Fund. This endowed fund was established in memory of Richard Thomas Ruhlman, a former student at Western Carolina University. The purpose of the scholarship fund is to provide financial support to a qualified and deserving brother of the Sigma Nu Chapter at Western Carolina University. Contact the fraternity scholarship committee.

The St. David’s Award. Established by Carl Richard Hill and the vestry of Saint David’s Episcopal Church of Cullowhee, this fund provides financial support to deserving young people who have earned an associate degree at Southwestern Community College and who desire to pursue a baccalaureate degree program at Western Carolina University. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Daniel Saddler Scholarship. Established by the family of Daniel L. Saddler, this scholarship provides support for graduate level counseling students. Dan Saddler, a professor and counselor trainer at Western Carolina University from 1972 until 1989, used his extraordinary insight to encourage students to reach their full potential as counselors and individuals. Contact the dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions.

The Sandlin-Morris Scholarship. This endowed fund provides scholarship support for students from Haywood, Jackson, or Swain counties. Selection will be based on a combination of financial need, academic qualifications, and overall achievements. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Jane B. Schulz Scholarship. The purpose of the Jane B. Schulz Scholarship Fund is to provide financial assistance to late entry students (initial entrance into college at least two calendar years after high school graduation) who express interest in the Special Education Major. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Laura and Phillip Sherrill Scholarship. The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a rising senior who is a resident of North Carolina in the College of Business. Contact the dean of the College of Business.

Doug Shirley Scholarship. This fund has been established in memory of Doug Shirley who was a dedicated member of the Zeta Omicron Chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. This fund is designed to assist fellow “Tekes”, their sons and grandsons. Students must demonstrate community and civic involvement and financial need. Contact the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

Sigma Chi-Kappa Gamma Freshmen Scholarship. Scholarship for male freshmen at Western Carolina University. The scholarship carries a one-time award of $500. An application and essay is required. To be eligible, students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 on the first semester of work. Contact the Financial Aid office for application materials.

Jessie Siler Sloan and George Neville Sloan Scholarship. This scholarship fund provides financial support for juniors in the College of Arts and Sciences based on academic achievement and financial need. Preference is given to residents of Macon County, North Carolina. Contact the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Lewis J. Smith Scholarship Fund. These endowed scholarships, which honor Lewis J. Smith, a founder of the Cullowhee School and the first chairman of the board of trustees of Cullowhee School, are awarded to students majoring in history or education on the basis of financial need and other criteria. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

C.D. Spangler Jr. Scholarship for Minority Students. This endowed scholarship program’s purpose is to provide financial support for deserving young minority students. Awards are based upon high academic achievement, successful participation in various school activities, overall social and civic contributions, and financial need. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Otto Spilker Scholarship. Established by friends and colleagues of Otto Spilker, this scholarship endowment assists students in their efforts to obtain a degree from Western Carolina University. Contact the head of the Department of Health and Human Performance.

The Staff Forum Scholarship Fund. The Staff Forum Scholarship Fund was established by the Western Carolina University Staff Forum to provide scholarship support for the children of SPA and EPA Non-Faculty employees. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

State Employees’ Association of North Carolina Scholarships. State employees, their spouses, and their children who have financial need and demonstrate academic potential are eligible for these awards. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Charles J. Stevens Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund provides financial support for a rising junior or senior Political Science major. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Lorraine Kronholm Stone Scholarship Fund. This memorial fund was established to provide scholarship support primarily for “non-traditional” students majoring in studio art or art education. Contact the head of the department.

The Stephanie Ann Stow Scholarship Fund. The family of Stephanie Ann Stow has established this memorial fund to provide scholarships to support education students who are doing their student teaching. Preference is given to students from Asheville High School or other Buncombe County high schools. Contact the dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions.

C.M. and M.D. Suther Scholarships. These nonrenewable scholarships are awarded annually to North Carolina resident undergraduate students on the basis of academic standing and financial need. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Elizabeth Thompson Scholarship. Established by Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson, this renewable scholarship is designated to assist education majors in attending Western Carolina University. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Duncan Tye Scholarship. This scholarship was established by friends and family in memory of Duncan Tye, who taught for twenty years in the College of Business at Western Carolina University. It provides awards to rising seniors majoring in economics or finance. Contact the dean of the College of Business.

The Rachel R. Williams Sweet Scholarship Fund. The fund has been established for the purpose of honoring Rachel R. Williams Sweet, a 1935 graduate of Western Carolina University, and to provide financial support to undergraduate students who have expressed an intention to pursue early childhood education as their major course of study. Contact the dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions.

Roy A. Taylor Scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to students in speech or public relations. Contact the head of the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts.

The Varner Scholarship. This endowment fund supports scholarships for high school students from Swain County. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The Sue and Jack Wakeley Scholar-Athlete Award for Track, Field and Cross Country. To provide support to a female and male athlete performing in track, field or cross country. The recipient must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and must have scored points in a Conference meet, or, in the most important meet of the year, should there be no Conference meets. Contact the Athletics Department.

The Bob Waters Leadership Fund. To provide support for a graduate assistantship in football. Contact the Head Football Coach.

Mary and Charles Wayte Graduate Scholarship Fund. This fund was established by the Waytes to support scholarships for graduate students in business and education. Contact the dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions or the dean of the College of Business.

The Curtis L. and Brenda C. Wellmon Scholarship Fund. This scholarship, established by the Wellmons, provides support to graduates of East Burke High School in Icard, North Carolina, who demonstrate financial need. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Myrtle Olivia Whitmire Scholarships. Students who are residents of North Carolina and who are planning careers in early childhood education are eligible for annual awards. Contact the dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions.

The Sarah J. and Max R. Williams Scholarship. To provide support to students majoring in history. Preference will be given to graduate students. Contact the Head of the Department of History.

 

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