In 2001, the North Carolina Community Foundation, Inc. announced the establishment of the Watauga-Ashe-Wilkes (WAW) Scholarship Endowment. Recipients of this scholarship must be past recipients or graduating seniors who have lived in the past two years in Watauga, Ashe or Wilkes counties, having displayed financial need, academic achievement, and involvement in extra-curricular and/or community activities.
The purpose of this fund is to make a difference in someone’s life by giving them an educational opportunity they may not have had before receiving this scholarship. The intent of the Watauga-Ashe-Wilkes Scholarship Endowment is to identify deserving students who normally would not be financially able to attend a school of higher learning. This scholarship will allow these students a chance to further their education.
How and When Awards are Granted
The Watauga-Ashe-Wilkes Scholarship Endowment will announce its group of recipients in the spring. The board of the Watauga-Ashe-Wilkes Scholarship Endowment solicits corporate and individual gifts as well as uses the proceeds from an annual golf tournament in order to build the fund. One of the main purposes of the Watauga-Ashe Wilkes Scholarship Endowment is to be able to award several scholarships of sizeable amounts in each of the three counties on an annual basis. Initially funds may allow for just one scholarship per county, with the goal of growing the fund large enough to allow several scholarships to be given each year.
Who May Apply
Seniors scheduled for graduation from a Watauga, Ashe or Wilkes county high school or home school may apply to the Watauga-Ashe-Wilkes Scholarship Foundation. Applicants must have resided in Watauga, Ashe or Wilkes county for the past two (2) years. The recipients will be selected on the basis of financial need, academic achievement (2.5 weighted GPA minimum), work history and involvement in extra-curricular and/or community activities.
Recipients will receive a $2,000.00 award towards undergraduate study. This scholarship is renewable for up to a total of four years.
Scholarship Endowment Board
Phil Stevens, President
Charles Hartzog, Vice-President
Kim Forrester, Secretary
Kim Barnes, Treasurer
Daphne Petrey, Publicity
Watauga – Michael Lyall, Natalie Willis
Ashe – Bradley McNeil
Wilkes – Danny Holman, Allison Phillips