The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently approved scholarships totaling $410,250 to 91 WNC students in 60 schools in 19 counties. More than 60 volunteers from the community worked to review applications and select recipients, some through Zoom meetings and online interviews.

Recipients include Delaney Rodriguez from Smoky Mountain High School, who was awarded the Gene and Lee Meyer Scholarship valued at $12,000. Devin Bryson of Blue Ridge School, Emma Budden of Jackson County Early College, Ella Day of Blue Ridge School and Natalie Parris of SMHS were also awarded.

Scholarship endowments can have broad eligibility criteria or can be focused on a particular school or county, offered to students pursuing a degree in a stated field or available to those who will attend a designated college or university.