Burke Middle College Students Will Benefit from Text Book Grant


WPF Receives Text Book Grant for BMC 061614 fnMorganton, NC – Western Piedmont Foundation (WPF) was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Burke County to purchase college text books for the Burke Middle College (BMC) Lending Library. Western Piedmont Community College partners with Burke County Public Schools to offer Burke Middle College (BMC), a two-year program that annually provides between 120-125 students the opportunity to complete their 11th & 12th grade years of high school on the College’s campus while also working toward a college associate degree. BMC, recognized as an Honor School of Excellence, makes it possible for local students to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree at the same time.

Students attending BMC are able to enroll in college courses tuition-free, allowing them to access higher education at substantial savings. However, participating students must purchase their own college text books and other necessary supplies out-of-pocket because they do not qualify for federal financial aid. The BMC Lending Library is a vital component of BMC operations because it reduces the college text book costs for students enrolled at the school. Without the library, the high cost of text books would create a financial barrier for many low-income students and their families.

Western Piedmont Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, was founded to encourage and develop public and private support for WPCC beyond that provided by county, state, and federal funds. Created in 1967, it was among the first fund-raising organizations within the North Carolina Community College System.

Western Piedmont Community College is situated in the picturesque rolling foothills of Morganton, North Carolina, and has served the citizens of Burke County since 1964.  Each year, more than 10,700 students pursue personal enrichment, new skills for a job or career, high school diplomas, college degrees, and transfer pathways. The application due date for new students for Fall semester classes is Monday, July 14.  Apply online or visit the Western Piedmont campus to apply in person.