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Community Foundation awards $577,900 in scholarships

The Community Foundation of Henderson County announced that it has awarded 264 scholarships worth a total of $577,900 to graduating high school seniors and other students.


The Foundation awarded 107 new scholarships totaling $209,325 to 104 local students. For current scholars, 157 renewable scholarship awards totaling $368,575 were offered. pleased to announce new scholarship recipients for the 2022-23 school year.

Scholarship Endowment Funds financially assist a variety of students including high school graduates, students already attending college, and returning adult education students. Scholarships can be used by students pursuing community college, technical school or traditional university degrees. This year, scholarship awards ranged from $500 to $8,000 each.

Since 1984, Community Foundation of Henderson County’s Scholarship Program has awarded more than $7 million to nearly 2,000 students.
The Foundation’s Scholarship Committee volunteers invested a significant amount of time reviewing applications, interviewing students, and making award recommendations to Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. The scholarship recipients this year will become teachers, nurses, engineers, and inspiring leaders many of whom expressed desires to return to the Henderson County community.
“The Scholarship Committee members are always impressed by the talent of area students,” said Foundation Donor Services Manager Wendy Hamil. “Because of the generosity of community donors, so many young adults will be supported throughout their educational journey.”

Award winners were:

  • American Legion, Post 77, Hubert M. Smith Scholarship, Riley Dale
  • William C. Armstrong Scholarship, Madalynn Elliot
  • Dan Barber, III/Western Auto Award Scholarship,Ava Kilpatrick
  • Millard Beal & Family Scholarship, Makayla Lail
  • Bright Futures Scholarship, Micah Marr, Arianna Minton
  • Business & Professional Woman's Club Scholarship, Makayla Phillips
  • Janet Layne Spence Scholarship, Miranda Hill
  • Roger & Judy Hill Memorial for Mack Broutin Scholarship, Cooper Wilson
  • Betsy Copolillo and Sam Gash Scholarship, James Crotty
  • Amy Duryee Courtenay Scholarship, Cooper Wilson
  • David and Betty Bucher Engineering Scholarship, Ryan Polk
  • David and Betty Bucher Nursing Scholarship, Ashley Kastle
  • Jane and Tom Davis Scholarship, Brendan Rich
  • Denis Barton Scholarship, Kristen Owen
  • Jenice Schlein Denning Scholarship, Wendy Maldonado
  • Rita & Ray Dunk Piano & Performance Scholarship, Sarah Macdonald
  • Rita & Ray Dunk Accounting Scholarship, Ashley Rich
  • Kermit Edney Scholarship, Joshua Strickland
  • Robert & Sandra Edwards Waggoner Memorial Scholarship, Chauncey Barber
  • Robert & Vivian Edwards Scholarship, Chloe Clark
  • Environmental Odyssey Scholarship, Noah Shumway
  • Francis H. and Margery T. Escott Scholarship, Kylie Varnadore
  • Grace B. Etheredge Scholarship, Nathan Rhodes
  • Grace B. Etheredge BRCC Scholarship, Aliz Ortiz
  • H. Louise Eaton Scholarship, MaKenzie Villarreal
  • Friends of Carl Sandburg Miles Sollom Scholarship, Hannah Queen, Michael Keen
  • Katharine Schneider Gettman Scholarship, Jylyn Barnes
  • James P. Grey Scholarship, Audrey Hood Allison Pridmore
  • Haddy Harrington Memorial Scholarship, Shelby Deault
  • John Brooks Williams Memorial Scholarship, Marvin Williams
  • Arthur R. Hill Memorial Scholarship, Hutson Callender
  • Joe T. Hunt Memorial Scholarship, Daniel Russell
  • Elsie Mabel Jones Scholarship, Emma Heagney
  • Chat Jones Memorial Scholarship, Alan Figueroa Guzman
  • Donald D. and Joan B. Joyce Scholarship, Ella Neve
  • Eleanor M. Kutchoodon Scholarship, Luciana Denny
  • T. Llyle and Marion S. Keith Scholarship, Jeanine Jackson
  • Phyllis and George Knopf Scholarship, Nick Andrews
  • Anthony Kushigian (Normac) Scholarship, Dwight Canady, Jr.
  • Ethel T. & Charles T. Larus Educational Scholarship, Irem Agan, Haley Hargus
  • Helen F. Lindner Educational Scholarship, Devon West
  • Passage to the Future Scholarship, Kera Putnam
  • Peggy Lovvorn Scholarship, Ayman Kassem
  • Mary Evelyn & Harry Laurent Scholarship, Kiauna Benniefield, Addison Russell
  • George F. and Asha W. McMillan Scholarship, Lauren Mertz
  • Lucile V. Means Scholarship, Jesca Massawe, Sadie Rowe
  • Ralph A. Milliman Scholarship, Brennan Bastian
  • Bree Elizabeth Miller Memorial Scholarship, Grace Weeter
  • Sam A. Mills Memorial Scholarship, Emma Otten
  • Duane M. and Margaret D. McKibbin Scholarship, Lauren Young
  • Mountain Laurel Scholarship, Sarah Rogers
  • Clyde T. and Wilma G. Moore Scholarship, Selah Chambers
  • Glenn C. Marlow Scholarship, Savannah Sims
  • Mills River Fire & Rescue Scholarship, Maggie Cox
  • Matching Scholarship, Emma Zaborowski
  • Thomas Oliver & Louise Jordan Mulcahy Scholarship, Jackie Blankenship, Celeste Young, Jude Webster
  • Nagel Scholarship, Ayanna Palma
  • Hilary G. Neighbors General Scholarship, Marissa Detwiler
  • Hilary G. Neighbors Medical Scholarship, Rachel Ball
  • Jan F. & Harry J. Nolan Women's Educational Scholarship, Joreeca Dinnall
  • Helga Nielsen Scholarship, Hannah McIntyre, Lisbet Alvarez
  • Thomas E. and Marian L. Overby Scholarship, Brenda Solano-Oviedo
  • Dan and Amy Fisher Pace Scholarship, Angel J. Ramirez
  • Rebecca S. Poole Scholarship, MacKray Mauger
  • L.B. Prince Memorial Scholarship, Luke Staton
  • Charlie Renfrow Trust Scholarship, Brayden Corn
  • Vena Case Robinson Memorial Scholarship, Baylee Clayton
  • Odell Rouse Memorial Scholarship, Aliana Garcia, Marcella Esmeralda Daniel
  • Russell Boyd Thomas Scholarship, Emilee Hoover
  • Vina L. & Richard C. Sauer Scholarship, Maxwell Goble, Daniel Jovel, Michael Keen
  • Martha Sales Schoch Scholarship, Madison White
  • Pat Shepherd Second Mile Scholarship, Grace Verstrate
  • Kristen Sue Shetterly Memorial Scholarship, Cecelia Cagle
  • Sigrun M. Mapes Nursing Scholarship, Zoe Durall
  • Andrea Davies Skillman Scholarship, Savannah Crisp
  • James Smith Memorial Scholarship, Jackson Duchesne
  • Arthur & Lois Jean Stuenkel Scholarship, Noah Trexler
  • George & Helen Stowell General Scholarship, William Lance
  • George & Helen Stowell Medical Scholarship, Ryan Seward
  • Kenneth R. Stull and Virginia M. Stull Scholarship, Riley Tickle
  • Henderson County Educational Scholarship, Shannon McDermott
  • Robert B. Tonjes Scholarship, Faythe Gordner
  • Tracy Grove Community Club Scholarship, Wilson Mayo
  • Valley Clinic Scholarship, Emma Tipton
  • VFW Hendrick Rhodes Post 5206 Scholarship, Kaylie Orr
  • Dr. Corbin O. Williams Memorial Scholarship, Langdon Shealy
  • Lula & Levi Wilson Scholarship, Jaqese Johnson
  • Tom Wilson Scholarship, Christopher Ferguson
  • John P. and Mary Ann Wold Scholarship, Hunter Mullinax, Ammariah Grace Styles, Jacob Doke, Kelly Bennett
  • Gregory Stephen Wright "Crossroads" Scholarship, Luciana Denny
  • Winifred M. Wyman Memorial Scholarship, Tye Galloway
  • Maria's Scholarship, Kasya Rock

Applications for 2023-24 scholarships will open on Community Foundation of Henderson County’s website,, in November of 2022. For more information about establishing a scholarship or donating to an existing scholarship fund, contact Community Foundation at (828) 697-6224.
About Community Foundation of Henderson County
Founded in 1982, Community Foundation of Henderson County’s mission is helping people who care make lasting contributions to causes that matter. One of Community Foundation’s primary purposes is to assist engaged philanthropy in our community. The Foundation accepts gifts from individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create a permanent pool of charitable capital from which grants are awarded. Learn more about Community Foundation of Henderson County at, and by calling 828-697-6224.