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Scholarship Program and Eligibility Requirements

2020

Higher Education Scholarships

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR ALL SCHOLARSHIPS

ALL APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 1, 2020


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Scholarship  Amount Number Available Eligibility

Adam Benson Scholarship Fund

Established to honor the memory of Adam Benson, a 2004 graduate of East Burke High School.

One-time $1,000
One-time
$500

Up to Two Awards Senior graduating from high school or a graduate already attending college. The applicant must be an active member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.

Anita Wilson Scholarship Fund

Established in 2017 to honor the life of Anita Wilson and her love of music.

One-time
$1,500

One Award Pursuing a degree in the field of music performance or music education and attending a four-year college or university. GPA of 2.5 or better

Betty and Otto Woerner Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established in 2013 to provide financial resources for the higher education of a Burke County student.

One-time
$1,200
One Award Graduating senior in Burke County; currently attending graduate school; or currently enrolled in college pursuing a field in teaching, fashion design or culinary arts.

Clyde Nichols Young, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established in 2002 to honor the life of Clyde Nichols Young, Jr., who taught math in Burke County from 1957 until his retirement in 1990.

One-time $1,000 One Award Graduating senior from Freedom High School, pursuing a degree in teaching. Preference given to an outstanding math student.

Cranford Scholarship Endowed Fund

Established in 2013 in memory of Eric and Fred Cranford.

One-time $4,500

Eight Awards

Four Awards to East Burke HS;

Four Awards to Jimmy C. Draughn HS

Eastern Burke County resident (East of Morganton, NC.) demonstrates financial need and academic ability/achievement.

Crump - Pollpeter Scholarship Fund

Established in 2018 to honor the lives of Ruth and Herman Crump, and Mary Lou and Ralph Pollpeter.

One-time $1,000

One Award

Graduating senior from Burke County; pursuing a degree in education or Christian Ministry; GPA 2.0 - 3.3

Darren Wilson Scholarship Fund

Established in 2018 to honor the memory of Darren Wilson, a graduate of Freedom High School and an active participant in sports.

One-time $1,000

One Award

Graduating senior from Freedom High School who played football for Freedom High School; and/or enrolled in college and played football at Freedom High School; GPA 2.5; Demonstrates financial need.

Drexel Alumni Association Fund

Established in 2002 to honor two of Drexel High School’s beloved educators, Harry Hallyburton and Faye Russell.

One-time $1,500 Up to Four Awards Applicant, and/or biological parents, grand and/or great grandparent(s) attended a Drexel School; Graduating senior or enrolled in college

Glenn R. Yoder Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established in 2004 to honor the memory of Glenn R. Yoder, a longtime member of the Valdese Lion’s Club, a career elementary school teacher and principal.

One-time up to $1,000 Up to Two Awards Student living in Burke County planning to attend a two or four year college, demonostrate financial need and character reflecting the commitment of Lions Club members and must have a GPA 2.5. High school seniors, enrolled college students or others planning to attend college for the first time are eligible to apply.

Jimmy C. Draughn Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established in 2005 to honor the life and work of Jimmy C. Draughn, the first principal of East Burke High School.

One-time $1,000 One Award Graduating senior from East Burke High School.

Keith Warren Black Educational Scholarship Fund

Established in 2014 to honor the life of Keith Warren Black and his dedication to education.

One time
$1,000
One Award

A student entering or already attending WPCC. The student must be enrolled full-time and maintain satisfactory academic progress.

GPA 2.5.

Larry and Louise Huffman Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established in 2004 to honor the lives of Larry and Louise Huffman who devoted their lives to serving others, especially the youth of Burke County.

One-time
$2,000
One Award Student from East Burke High School, Jimmy C. Draughn High School or Burke Middle College who plan to major in education, athletic training, or educational setting, including guidance counselor, school psychologist, speech pathologist, and/or school nurse.

Margaret Franklin Scholarship Fund

Established in 2018 to honor the life of Margaret Franklin who devoted her life to teaching and caring for the young people of Burke County.

One-time
$1,000
Up to Two Awards Student from Freedom High School and/or Robert L. Patton High School who plan to major in Elementary Education.

Michael Williamson Eley Endowment Fund

Established in 2014 in memory of Michael Williamson Eley.

One time $1,400 One Award Resident of Burke County who is interested in pursuing a field in engineering, math, physics or chemistry. GPA 3.3

Mildred and Hugh Fletcher Scholarship Fund

Established in 2006 to assist members of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church and/or High School Senior Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts who were active in troops sponsored by the Waldensian Presbyterian Church.

 

One-time up to $2,000 One Award Member of Waldensian Presbyterian Church (WPC) and/or participant in the scouting programs sponsored by WPC.

Minnie Belle Rector Cooper Nursing Scholarship Fund

Established in 2017 to honor the life of Minnie Belle Rector Cooper who pursued a degree in nursing in the later years of her life.

One-time $1,000 Up to Two Awards Pursuing a degree in the field of nursing and attending Western Piedmont Community College or Caldwell Community College to obtain an ADON degree or be enrolled in the RIBN Program, a dually enrolled nursing program between Lenoir-Rhyne and Western Piedmont Community College.

Raymond K. Miller Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established in 2007 to honor the life of Raymond K. Miller, who was a dedicated, altruistic, talented, and caring educator who believed in higher education for all students.

One time $1,000 One Award Burke County resident; working towards an AAS Degree from WPCC; preference given to students pursuing a degree in the field of degree in industrial systems technology or civil, computer, electrical, mechatronic and mechanical engineering.

Robert A. "Bob" Shook Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2015 to honor the life of Robert A. “Bob” Shook who was an educator, coach, and member of the Rutherford College Lions Club for over 30 years.

One-time up to $750 Two Awards Graduating senior from East Burke High School or Jimmy C. Draughn High School; or seniors from either East Burke High School or Jimmy C. Drauhn who currently attend Burke Middle College. Preference to student pursuing a degree in education.

Rotary Club of Morganton Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established in 2007 to assist graduating seniors from Freedom and Patton High Schools.

One-time up to $1,500 Up to Two Awards Graduating senior from Freedom High School or Patton High School; and seniors who attended Freedom or Patton High School and are currently attending Burke Middle College.

Ruth Bolick Christian Scholarship

Established in 2019 to honor the life of Ruth Bolick who joined Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church in 1928, and taught school at Rutherford College Elementary for over 30 years.

One Time $500 to $1,500 Up to Six Awards Graduating seniors from Burke County high schools, Burke Middle College, or certified home school; or enrolled in college or graduate school. GPA of 2.5. Preference will be given to applicatants who are members or have close relatives who are members of Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents).

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Miss Annie Avery Scholarship

Established in 2019 to honor the life of Miss Annie Avery, who was the life and soul of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

One Time $1,000 Up to Two Awards Burke County resident, returning student or graduating senior, entering or already enrolled in a two or four year college. Must be enrolled in Business or Career programs, Trades/Building Construction program, CNA or Medical Assistant program, or the field of Music. 

Stiff Endowment Fund

Established in 2004 to honor the lives of Dr. & Mrs. Olin Stiff. Dr. Stiff practiced family medicine , Evelyn Senter Stiff was a nurse, and both served their patients at Valdese General Hospital.

One-time $2,000 Two Awards Committed to pursuing a four-year degree in nursing.

Tim Spain Scholarship Fund

Established in 2017 in memory of Tim Spain, who taught German and mathematics at East Burke High School and mathematics at Jimmy C. Draughn High School.

One-time $1,000 One Award Graduating senior from either East Burke High School or Jimmy C. Draughn High School and attending a four-year college or university. GPA 3.3

Valdese Rotary Club Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established in 2002 to assist graduating seniors from East Burke High School and Jimmy C. Draughn High School.

One-time $2,000 Up to Two Awards Graduating senior from East Burke or Draughn High School, enrolled college student or others planning to attend college for the first time. Applicant must reflect the principles and ideals of Rotary.
Valdese Rotary Club Endowed Scholarship Fund (Non-traditional) One-time $500 One Award Graduating senior from East Burke or Draughn High School, enrolled college student or others planning to attend college for the first time. Applicant must reflect the principles and ideals of Rotary.

Waldensian Presbyterian Women Scholarship Program Endowed Fund - General

Established in 2005 to assist members of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church and/or High School Senior Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts who were active in troops sponsored by the Waldensian Presbyterian Church.

One-time $1,000;
Renewable
Up to Three Awards Member of Waldensian Presbyterian Church (WPC) and/or participant in the scouting programs sponsored by WPC.
Waldensian Presbyterian Women Scholarship Program Endowed Fund - Michael Morse Scholarship One-time $1,000;
Renewable
One Award Member of Waldensian Presbyterian Church (WPC) and/or participant in the scouting programs sponsored by WPC.
Waldensian Presbyterian Women Scholarship Program Endowed Fund - Rostan Family Scholarship One-time up to $2,000 One Award Member of Waldensian Presbyterian Church (WPC) and/or participant in the scouting programs sponsored by WPC.

Wynne and Otto Woerner Endowed Scholarship Fund:

Established in 2003 to provide financial resources for the higher education of a young person in Burke County or McDowell County.

One-time $2,500

Two Awards; Graduating senior in Burke or McDowell County. The criteria in order of priority are: financial need, top half of class, and commitment to complete a four year degree.

 

Additional Education Scholarships

Scholarship  Amount Number Available Eligibility
Burke Education Endowment Program Fund Varies Varies Burke County high school graduate who demonstrates financial need and desires to attend Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC).
Morganton Day School Scholarship Endowment Fund     Qualified applicants selected by Morganton Day School from the area in and around Burke County, North Carolina. 


Resource Links

Burke County Public Schools:
Burke Middle College
East Burke High School
Hallyburton Academy
Freedom High School
Jimmy C. Draughn High School
Robert L. Patton High School

Financial Resources:
College Foundation of North Carolina
FAFSA (Application for Federal Student Aid)
The Student Guide to Federal Financial Aid

Additional Schools:
Morganton Day School
Western Piedmont Community College

Disclaimer: Please note that the Foundation does not administer these websites and we do not endorse or guarantee success on any of them. Nevertheless, we consider them to be useful resources for students.