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Application periods open for scholarships

Community Foundation Scholarship recipients gather for orientation in the summer of 2019. Community Foundation Scholarship recipients gather for orientation in the summer of 2019.

Application periods are open for $500,000 worth of scholarships from the Community Foundation and $45,000 in grants from the Education Foundation.

The Community Foundation offers more than $500,000 in new and renewable academic scholarships for the upcoming school year. Ninety-one new scholarships are available for 2021-2022.
Graduating seniors, current college students and returning adult/non-traditional students are all encouraged to apply. To learn more and access the online application, visit Scholarship applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15.
The wide range of available scholarships seek to support students with a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, achievements and higher education goals. Scholarship opportunities offer valuable assistance to area students pursuing a higher education degree and are made possible through generous donors.
Questions about the online scholarship application and opportunities may be directed to Donor Services Manager Wendy Hamil at (828) 697-6224 or More than $6 million in scholarships has been awarded since 1984 to more than 1,400 students through the Community Foundation’s scholarship program. To make a lasting impact in the lives of local students by establishing a scholarship fund, contact Community Foundation at (828) 697-6224.

The Henderson County Education Foundation announced the opening of its scholarship portal for 2021 graduates. The foundation offers 26 scholarships totaling more than $45,000 available to graduating seniors in Henderson County.
As the first recipient of the Kathleen Leckie Memorial Scholarship, Melissa Espinoza-Rojo was grateful for the award.
“I felt very honored! It was very helpful to pay my tuition and fees, books/supplies, housing and meal plan,” said Espinoza-Rojo, a North Henderson High School graduate who is studying nursing and U.S. Latinx Studies at Western Carolina University. The scholarship was established in memory of Ms. Kathleen Leckie, a beloved teacher at Clear Creek Elementary, who died unexpectedly in January 2020.

Instructions on how to apply and scholarship eligibility are available at The deadline for applying is midnight Feb. 11. Questions regarding the scholarship process may be directed to or by calling 828-697-5551.