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Western Piedmont Foundation offers numerous scholarships to assist students with expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at WPCC.

Endowed Scholarships

 

Benner-Pharr Endowed Scholarship
To assist an Associate Degree in Science student in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing his/her academic goals in WPCC.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Full-time student in the Associate Degree in Science program
  • Completed at least 12 SHC at WPCC
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Burke County resident
  • Demonstrate financial need

 

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Morganton Men’s Club Endowed Scholarship
To provide financial support to a Burke County Public School graduate enrolled at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Applicants must complete the College’s Scholarship Application form and submit to the Financial Aid Office by the deadline each year.
  • Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the deadline each year.
  • Recipients will be selected by the College’s Financial Aid Subcommittee based on the completed application, personal essay, goals, honors, activities and any additional criteria.
  • Recipients must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress standards as determined by the College.
  • Recipients are expected to attend a scholarship recognition event honoring their achievements and Western Piedmont Foundation scholarship donors.

RECIPIENTS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING DONOR CRITERIA

  • Be a graduate of a Burke County High School.
  • Be enrolled full time (minimum of 12 hours) in a Western Piedmont Community College Associate in Applied Science program or a diploma or certificate in one of the College’s AAS programs.
  • Preference will be given to a student enrolled in the Building Construction Technology program.

 

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Nadia & Steve Blahut Endowed Scholarship
To assist student(s) in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least on a half-time basis in any curriculum program
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Demonstrate financial need

 

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Richard T. Breeden, Sr. Academic Merit Endowed Scholarship
To recognize student who have excelled academically while attending WPCC. To assist students in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Rising sophomore in the college transfer program
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Full-time student
  • Burke County Resident

 

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Breeden Family Collegiate Endowed Scholarship
Established to encourage employees of Breeden Holdings, Inc. and their dependents to continue their education at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Employee or dependent of employee of Breeden Holdings, Inc.
  • Part-time student (minimum of 6 semester hours)
  • Demonstrate financial need

 

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Suzanne Bleynat Bridges Endowed Scholarship
To assist a nursing student at WPCC in achieving his/her academic goals.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Nursing program
  • Preference to residents of the Valdese/Rutherford College area

 

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Bright Salvageot Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Burke County Public High School Graduate
  • Full-time student in a curriculum program
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students enrolled in programs related to science, engineering, mathematics, healthcare and education

 

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Sam Brinkley Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Full-time student
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Not eligible for Pell grants

 

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Heather Smith Brown Scholarship
To assist a WPCC student in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing his/her academic goals in WPCC.   Donate Now
Iris “Tootsie” Browning Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least half-time at Western Piedmont Community College
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Have documented disabilities or be preparing for a career related to education or services for people with disabilities
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need

 

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Burke County Firefighters Association Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be a volunteer, paid or retired firefighter or be the spouse, child or step-child of a volunteer, paid or retired firefighter
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (6 semester hours) in a program leading to a degree or diploma
  • Show academic promise
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need

 

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Burke County Medical Alliance Scholarship
To assist students in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (6 semester hours) in a program in the Allied Health Science field
  • Burke County Resident
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Demonstrate financial need

 

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Burke Education Endowment Program: Huffman-Cornwell, Richardson & Rostan Scholarships
To assist student(s) in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria

  • Graduate with a standard diploma from an accredited high school or state-approved private or home school located in Burke County
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the specified deadline before applying to BEEP
  • Complete the application process for admission to WPCC (placement tests, transcripts, etc.)
  • Enroll at WPCC as a degree or diploma seeking student within one year following high school graduation
  • Maintain a physical address in Burke County
  • Enroll full-time (minimum of 12 credit hours) each fall and spring semester (summer semester or semester of graduation may be less)
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 semester and cumulative grade point average and meet and maintain satisfactory academic progress as established by federal guidelines and WPCC
  • Students who do not qualify for in-state tuition will be funded for tuition and fees up to the in-state rates, if eligible, and will be personally responsible for the difference between the in-state and out-of-state rates
  • Other grants/scholarships received by a student will be used before BEEP funds are allocated

 

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Carlton E. Caruso, Sr. Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (6 semester hours) in a curriculum program
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need, plan to pursue a career in marketing/advertising and/or reside in Burke County

 

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Paul and Mildred Cash Scholarship*
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Ineligible for Pell Grant assistance but still demonstrates financial need
  • Completed 30 hours of credit toward the Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration or Office Administration
  • Preference will be given to either a veteran and/or a displaced worker who is seeking skills for a new career
  • Consideration will also be given to any applicant expressing a desire or goal to work in the insurance industry
  • Burke County Resident

 

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Mary Ann Chou Achievement in Nursing Education Scholarship*
To provide financial support to a WPCC nursing student pursing an Associate Degree in Nursing.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Successful completion of the first year of WPCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing program
  • Have the highest GPA among students completing the first year of WPCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing program
  • Demonstrate good standing in the community
  • Preference will be given to either a veteran and/or a displaced worker who is seeking skills for a new career

 

The student earning the Mary Ann Chou Achievement in Nursing Education Scholarship will be awarded during the annual WPCC Nursing Pinning Ceremony. As part of the presentation, a brief history/bio of Mary Ann Chou will be shared and a longer bio, including a message from the donor, will give to the recipient.

 

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K. Harold Clark Scholarship
To provide financial support to a WPCC student pursuing a degree or career in education.

Scholarship Criteria
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a graduate of a Burke County Public High School
  • Must have completed at least 24 credit hours toward an Associate in Science or an Associate in Arts
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to a student pursuing an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education at WPCC or to a student who has expressed intentions to transfer to a four year college or university to earn an Education related bachelor’s degree

 

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Larry R. Clark Endowed Scholarship
To provide a “financial safety net” for non-Pell eligible students pursuing an Associate in Arts/transfer degree with living expenses.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Ineligible for Pell Grant assistance but still demonstrates financial need
  • Be enrolled in the Associate in Arts transfer degree program
  • Must have completed at least 30 credit hours toward the transfer degree program
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

 

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Doug Cline Memorial Endowed Scholarship
To assist at least one* Associate Degree seeking student in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing his/her academic goals at WPCC.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Must be a full-time, second year student in any Associate Degree program. Student must demonstrate excellent academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.3
  • Demonstrate financial need by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • Demonstrate that he or she is a serious student, committed to the value of education, with immediate plans to pursue further higher education
  • Scholarship will be awarded for one year
  • Scholarship monies to be used to cover tuition, fees, and books. Other legitimate educationally-related expenses may be covered, if funds permit, and upon application to and approval by the WPCC Financial Aid Subcommittee

 

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Chad B. Cole Merit Endowed Scholarship
To assist Western Piedmont community College student(s) in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Must be a resident of the Drexel School District perimeter as determined by the Burke County Public School System map prepared May, 2001
  • Must have graduated from a Burke County Public School System high school with a GPA of 3.5 or above within the last two years and must have been a resident of Drexel School District during the last two or more years of high school
  • Recipient must utilize the award to attend any one of the public/private universities in North Carolina
  • Recipient must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the university to maintain scholarship eligibility
  • Scholarship funds to be used for payment of tuition, fees, books, and other legitimate educationally-related expenses

 

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George T. Cornwell Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in a curriculum program
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need

 

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Helen Kincaid Craft Endowed Scholarship
To assist a nursing student at WPCC in achieving his/her academic goals.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Nursing program
  • Preference to resident of the Berrytown Community of Drexel

 

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Elizabeth Irene Dale Endowed Nursing Scholarship
To assist students in the nursing program meet educational expenses at WPCC.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Nursing program

 

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Virginia Davis Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in a curriculum program
  • Be a graduate of the GED or Adult High School programs
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need

 

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James H. and Doris E. Edwards Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled in a transfer degree program at the College and intend to pursue a career in elementary education
  • Maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need and reside in Burke County

 

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The Honorable Sam J. Ervin, III Scholarship
To assist a second year Paralegal Technology student in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing his/her academic goals at WPCC.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be a rising second year student enrolled full-time in the Associate Degree program of Paralegal Technology in excellent academic standing
  • Prefer a non-traditional student and burke County resident
  • Demonstrate superior academic achievement as determined by program instructors and subcommittee
  • Demonstrate commitment to pursuing career in the legal field
  • Financial need may be consider
  • Scholarship monies to be used to cover tuition, fees, and books. Other legitimate educationally related expenses may be covered, if funds permit, and upon application to and approval by the WPCC Financial Aid Subcommittee

 

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Dr. Jean C. Ervin Presbyterian Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Students must be enrolled at least half-time at Western Piedmont Community College
  • Students must demonstrate good character and good academic standing
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need
  • Preference will be given to students who are hearing impaired or are preparing for a career related to the education of hearing impaired students

 

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Fitzgerald Nursery Endowed Scholarship
To assist student(s) in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at WPCC.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled on at least a half-time (6 semester hours) basis in the Horticulture Technology Program or other approved program of study
  • Preference will be given to Burke County residents
  • Preference will be given to students demonstrating financial need by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • Show academic promise
  • Maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College
  • Scholarship monies to be used for tuition, fees and books. Other legitimate educationally-related expenses may be covered, if funds permit, and upon application to and approval by the WPCC Financial Aid Subcommittee

 

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Foothills Chapter North Carolina Registry for Interpreters of the Deaf Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Students must be enrolled at least half-time in the second year of the Interpreter Education program at Western Piedmont Community College
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need

 

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Foothills NC Society of Surveyors Endowed Scholarship
To assist student(s) in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least on a half-time basis in the Geomatics Technology program
  • Completed one year of study in the Surveying Technology program
  • Maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need
  • Preference will be given to students who are residents of Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, and Alexander counties

 

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Larry “Skip” Foxx, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Reside in Burke County
  • Attend East Burke High School
  • Demonstrate good academic standing as determined by the College

 

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Raymond B. Goodfellow Endowed Scholarship
To assist student(s) in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least on a half-time basis in the Associate in Fine Arts: Art (A1020A), Associate in Arts: Art Education (A1010A), Professional Crafts: Clay (A30300), or Digital Effects & Animation Technology (A30130) curriculum programs
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College

 

Grace Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Endowed Scholarship
To assist Associate Degree Nursing students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled full-time at Western Piedmont Community College in the Associate Degree Nursing program. Students must have completed all admission criteria for the ADN program at WPCC and been officially admitted to the ADN program before being eligible to apply, and must demonstrate good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Demonstrate good character and commitment to the ideals of nursing

 

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Riley Thomas Greer Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time in a curriculum program
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who graduated high school in the top 20% of their class (based on grades and/or standardized test scores) and express interest in a science discipline

 

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Robert S. & Autumn Henson Endowed Scholarship
Established to provide financial support to a Burke County Public School graduate enrolled at Western Piedmont Community College

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be a graduate of a Burke County High School
  • Enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 hours) in a Western Piedmont Community College program leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate
  • Ineligible for Pell Grant assistance but still demonstrates financial need.
  • Preference will be given to a resident of Glen Alpine or Oak Hill communities.

 

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Johny & Abby Hildebrand Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in a curriculum program
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need

 

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Connie Williams Hollar Scholarship
To provide financial support to a student pursuing an Associate’s Degree at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours towards a degree program
  • Demonstrate good academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 2.5

 

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Margaret H. Hoyle Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in a curriculum program
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need

 

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Steve M. Hoyle Memorial Endowed Scholarship
To assist a student in the Criminal Justice program in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing his/her academic goals in WPCC.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Must be able to pass a Criminal justice background investigation
  • Four written references must be submitted: One from current Chief of Police of Valdese Police Department; One from the staff member of the Criminal Justice Department at WPCC; Two from persons of good moral character who know recipient and can attest to their good moral character
  • Recipient must submit to Western Piedmont Foundation and Valdese Police Department a letter of intent consisting of at least one page in length, typed, and signed stating how they plan to utilize their professional education in Criminal Justice

 

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R.O. Huffman/Joe K. Byrd, Sr. Merit Scholarship
To assist student(s) in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Must be a resident of the Drexel School District perimeter as determined by the Burke County Public School System map prepared May 2001. A recipient who is a native of the Drexel School District and attended the Drexel Schools for four or more years but currently is residing with a divorced parent who due to employment or remarriage has moved to another school district will be regarded as a resident of the Drexel School District
  • Must have graduated from high school with a GPA of 3.0 and must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA at WPCC to maintain scholarship eligibility

 

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Richard B. Hurst Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in the Nursing Program at WPCC
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need
  • Recipients may apply for renewal of the scholarship for a second year

 

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Linwood & Harriet Inscoe Endowed Scholarship
To assist a student at WPCC in achieving his/her academic goals.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least on a half-time basis in any curriculum program
  • Financial need may be considered
  • Maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College
  • Scholarship monies to be used for tuition, fees, books, and other legitimate educationally-related expenses, if funds permit, and upon application to and approval by the WPCC Financial Aid Subcommittee

 

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Ruth Coffey Isenhour Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at the College and already successfully completed the required Nursing Orientation course
  • Maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Recipients may apply for renewal of the scholarship for a second year

 

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Elizabeth Hooper Jackson, M.D. Endowed Memorial Scholarship
To assist Allied Health curriculum students, Substance Abuse Technology students, and students majoring in Biology or Chemistry (college-transfer) in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at WPCC.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be a North Carolina resident
  • Be a North Carolina high school or GED graduate
  • Preference given to a female student
  • Must be a full-time student in the Allied Health curriculum program, Substance Abuse Technology program or a full-time student pursuing a Biology or Chemistry (college-transfer) major with the intent of entering a field of medicine. Student must demonstrate good academic standing as determined by the College
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Scholarship monies to be used to cover tuition, fees, and books. Other legitimate educationally related expenses may be covered, if funds permit

 

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Naomi & Oval Jaynes, Sr. Endowed Nursing Scholarship
To assist at least three* Associate Degree Nursing students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at WPCC.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Preference to Burke County residents
  • Must be full-time students in the Associate Degree Nursing program. Students must have completed all admission criteria for AND program at WPCC before being eligible, and must demonstrate good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate good character and commitment to the ideals of nursing, with an interest in pursuing a career in hospital nursing
  • Scholarship will be awarded for one year. Recipients may reapply for consideration for a second year
  • Scholarship monies to be used to cover tuition, fees, and books. Other legitimate educationally-related expenses may be covered, if funds permit, and upon application to and approval by the WPCC Financial Aid Subcommittee

 

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Jones-Pons Nursing Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in the Nursing Program at WPCC
  • Demonstrate good academic standing and good character, which is defined as: 1)Moral, ethical, and spiritual values, 2)Compassion and empathy for all living creatures, 3)Dedication to putting the needs of others ahead of his/her own, 4)Calmness in times of crisis, 5)Desire to work hard academically and improve him/herself, and 6)Ability to work well with others and follow instructions
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need
  • Recipients may apply for renewal of the scholarship for a second year

 

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Lt. Kelly Kincaid Emergency Services Endowed Scholarship
To assist Emergency Services Personnel, their spouses, children, and/or stepchildren who are enrolled students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at Western Piedmont Community College in any curriculum program
  • Be enrolled at least part-time with 6.0 SHC
  • Be a resident of Burke County
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be personnel of an appropriate Emergency Services division, or the spouse, child or stepchild of appropriate Emergency Services Personnel

 

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Elizabeth D. Lefevers Endowed Scholarship*
To provide financial assistance for direct educational expenses to non-Pell eligible students.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Non-Pell grant eligible but still demonstrates financial need
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 semester credit hours
  • Demonstrate good academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0

 

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Louis A. Lovelace Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in any curriculum program
  • Maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College
  • Demonstrate financial need

 

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Dr. Robert C. McAdams Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Must be enrolled full-time in a curriculum program
  • Must be a Burke County public high school graduate
  • Must intend to pursue a career in education
  • Must maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need and graduated from East Burke High School

 

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Michael J. Morse Endowed Memorial Scholarship
To assist student(s) in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals in any degree or diploma program.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in any degree or diploma program
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are (1) members of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church in Valdese, NC; or (2) dependents of a member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church in Valdese, NC*
  • Maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College

 

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Rebecca K. Ollis Endowed Memorial Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Students must be enrolled at least half-time in the Paralegal or Office Systems programs at Western Piedmont Community College
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need

 

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Liz Oxford Memorial Scholarship
To provide financial support to a WPCC student pursuing an Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts, and/or an Associate in Science transfer degree.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be enrolled in a transfer degree program (AA, AFA or AS)
  • Have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours towards the transfer degree program
  • Demonstrate good academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Demonstrate good standing in the community
  • Reside in Burke County

 

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Oxford Scholarship for the Arts
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in a curriculum program related to performing or visual arts
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need

 

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Oxford-White Academic Merit Scholarship
To provide financial support to a WPCC student pursuing an Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts, and/or an Associate in Science transfer degree.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be enrolled in a transfer degree program (AA, AFA or AS)
  • Have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours towards the transfer degree program
  • Demonstrate good academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Demonstrate good standing in the community
  • Reside in Burke County

 

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Palmer-Wrigglesworth Endowment Fund*
To provide financial support to a student seeking a degree, diploma or certificate at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Enrolled in the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program or an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) program in allied healthcare
  • Preference may be given to US Veterans with an Honorable Discharge regardless of program enrollment.  Proof of an Honorable Discharge is required by the presentation of the Veteran’s DD Form 214

 

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Ann Cornwell Patton Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in a curriculum program
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need

 

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Robert L. Patton Endowed Scholarship
To assist full-time students residing in Burke County in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing his/her academic goals at WPCC.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be a Burke County resident
  • Must be a full-time student in good academic standing

 

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Raymond & Arlene Poteat Endowed Scholarship
To assist student(s) in the Engineering Technology Program or the Nursing Program in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least on a half-time basis in the Nursing Program or Engineering Technology program
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College

 

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Clark Douglas Powell Endowed Scholarship
To assist student(s) in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least on a half-time basis in any curriculum program
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College
  • Attended Freedom High School

 

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Ed Reading Endowed Scholarship
To assist student(s) in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled full-time in the associate in arts degree program
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue a bachelor degree in journalism, political science, or a social science discipline

 

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J. Iverson Riddle Employee Scholarship
To assist J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center employees in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.  Scholarship made in honor of previous and present employees.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a permanent part time or permanent full time employee at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center
  • Demonstrate good standing as an employee at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center
  • Preference will be given to employees enrolling in a Health Science or transfer program at Western Piedmont Community College

 

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John P. Rostan, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
To assist student(s) of the Nursing Program in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at WPCC.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled on at least a half-time (6 semester hours) basis in the Nursing Program
  • Be a resident of Burke County
  • Preference will be given to students demonstrating financial need by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • Show academic promise
  • Maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College
  • Scholarship monies to be used for tuition, fees and books. Other legitimate educationally-related expenses may be covered, if funds permit, and upon application to and approval by the WPCC Financial Aid Subcommittee

 

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J.P. Rostan, Sr. and Irma G. Rostan Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in the Business or Accounting curriculum programs at the College
  • Maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need and reside in Burke County

 

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Naomi B. Rostan Endowed Scholarship
To assist student(s) of the Nursing Program in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at WPCC.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled on at least a half-time (6 semester hours) basis in the Nursing Program
  • Be a resident of Burke County
  • Preference will be given to students demonstrating financial need by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • Show academic promise
  • Maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College
  • Scholarship monies to be used for tuition, fees and books. Other legitimate educationally-related expenses may be covered, if funds permit, and upon application to and approval by the WPCC Financial Aid Subcommittee

 

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M.E. Shell Endowed Scholarship
To assist WPCC students in meeting the expenses of their education.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • At least a half-time student
  • Burke County resident
  • Preference given to students enrolled in the Pre-Ministerial or Nursing program
  • Definite financial need
  • Show academic promise

 

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Jo Bailey Sitton Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be a graduate of a Burke County public high school who is a resident, or has been a resident, of the Morganton Public Housing Authority
  • Be enrolled at WPCC on at least a half-time (6 semester hours) basis in a program leading to a degree or diploma
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • Maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College
  • Be willing to speak to groups about how the Scholarship helped them

 

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J.C. & Smaro Black Sossoman Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in a curriculum program at the College
  • Maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need

 

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Jan Cashion Stuenkel Endowed Scholarship
To assist student(s) in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their nursing degree at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be a rising second year student in the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing Program (A45120)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Submit a one page essay that displays motivation and compassion for the nursing profession, excellent communication skills and active involvement in community service
  • Provide one letter of recommendation from a full time nursing instructor
  • Provide one letter of recommendation regarding community service

 

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Sandra Easterly Sweazey Endowed Nursing Scholarship
To assist students in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at WPCC.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled full-time as a nursing student
  • Show academic promise
  • Maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College

 

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Othenia “Tina” Taylor Endowed Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled full-time in the Nursing Program at WPCC
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need

 

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James “Bud” Toner Memorial Scholarship
To assist students pursuing a degree in Computer‐Integrated Machining Technology in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be enrolled in the Computer‐Integrated Machining Technology degree program
  • Have completed a minimum of 29 credit hours towards the Computer‐Integrated Machining Technology degree program
  • Demonstrate good academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Demonstrate good standing in the community
  • Be recommended by the Instructor of Computer‐Integrated Machining Technology

 

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Carol Jean Williams Endowed Scholarship
To provide financial support to a student enrolled in Western Piedmont Community College’s Medical Assisting degree (AAS) program or the Medical Assisting diploma program.
Scholarship Criteria
  1. Enrolled full time in the Associate in Applied Science, Medical Assisting degree program or the Medical Assisting diploma program.
  2. Beginning their second year (3rd semester) of the program.
  3. Demonstrate good academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  4. Preference will be given to students who are Burke County residents.

 

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George & Wilma Williams Endowed Scholarship
To assist a first or second year nursing student in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing his/her academic goals at WPCC. Two scholarships fund in 2001.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be a student enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing in good academic standing
  • Prefer a Burke County resident
  • Demonstrate good academic achievement as determined by program instructors and subcommittee
  • Demonstrate commitment to pursuing career in the nursing field
  • Based on financial need
  • Scholarship monies to be used to cover tuition, fees and books. Other legitimate educationally-related expenses may be covered, if funds permit, and upon application to and approval by the WPCC Financial Aid Subcommittee

 

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Annual Scholarships

 

Ryan Bobo Scholarship
To assist student(s) in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Must be enrolled at least on a half-time basis in any curriculum program
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to employees of J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center who are enrolled in courses at WPCC

 

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Building Construction Technology Scholarship
To provide financial support to a WPCC student pursuing an Associate in Applied Science degree in Building Construction Technology.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be enrolled in the Building Construction Technology program
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours towards the Building Construction Technology associate degree program
  • Demonstrate good academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5

 

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Catawba Valley Paralegal Association (CVPA) Lynn Price Memorial Scholarship
The Catawba Valley Paralegal Association (CVPA) Lynn Price scholarship is established in memory of Lynn Price, a founding member of the association, to assist a student enrolled full time in the Paralegal Program at Western Piedmont Community College with the cost associated with textbooks.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled in the Associate in Paralegal Technology degree program
  • Have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours toward the Paralegal Technology degree program
  • Demonstrate good academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.5
  • Preference will be given to those who demonstrate active participation in the WPCC community (campus activities, community involvement)
  • Recipients are highly encouraged to attend a spring meeting of the CVPA

 

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Continental Maintenance Technician Scholarship
To assist Western Piedmont Community College students pursuing an Associate in Applied Science Degree with meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at WPCC.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Must have completed 30 hours in the Associate in Applied Science Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Industrial Systems Technology or Mechatronics Engineering Technology programs
  • Maintain good academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • Demonstrate good standing in the community
  • Complete a pre-application interview with Continental personnel
  • Attend regularly scheduled mentoring meetings with Continental personnel as a scholarship recipient

 

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Gerald & Meilia Cox Family Foundation Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled in the Nursing associate degree program at the College
  • Demonstrate good academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 2.5, exhibit exemplary character, and demonstrate potential for success in the field of nursing
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Recipients may apply for renewal of the scholarship for a second year
  • Complete a pre-application interview with Continental personnel
  • Attend regularly scheduled mentoring meetings with Continental personnel as a scholarship recipient

 

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Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association Scholarship
To assist student(s) in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least on a half-time basis (6 semester hours) in either the Horticulture Technology or Sustainable Agriculture degree programs
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College
  • Reside in Burke County

 

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William Hall Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time in any curriculum program
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must maintain satisfactory progress as determined by the College
  • Must be a criminal ex-offender as documented by the Clerk of Court

 

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Adam Klutz BLET Scholarship*
To provide a monetary award to the recipient of Western Piedmont Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Program Academic Award.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Highest average grade for all Exam Blocks of Instructions in BLET
  • Must not have failed any exam nor had to retake any exam
  • Must have passed all practical sections of BLET Blocks of Instruction

 

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Morganton High School Class of 1972 Memorial Scholarship
To assist student(s) in meeting expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Full-time Student in any curriculum
  • Burke County Resident
  • Financial Need
  • Good academic standing

 

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William Lee Richardson Scholarship
To assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled full-time in a curriculum program
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the College
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need

 

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Western Piedmont Woodcrafters Scholarship*
To provide financial support to a WPCC student pursuing an Associate in Applied Science in Professional Crafts: Wood.

 

 

 

Scholarship Criteria
  • Be enrolled in the Professional Crafts: Wood program
  • Preference will be given to veterans of military service with honorable discharge within the past 10 years

 

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Arthur and Nelle Young Scholarship*

 

 

 

 Loan Programs

 

Mull Student Emergency Loan Fund
To provide short-term loan funds to qualified students attending the College for assistance with payment of tuition, fees, and textbooks, as well as emergencies that would prevent a student from attending classes.

 

 

 

Criteria
  • Be enrolled at least on a half-time basis in any curriculum program
  • Demonstrate ability to repay the loan in the time specified
  • Complete promissory note and associated documentation required for selection

 

Phifer Allied Health Emergency Loan Fund
The Phifer Allied Health Emergency Loan Program (PAHELP) has been established to provide emergency financial assistance to students enrolled in an Allied Health Program at Western Piedmont Community College. PAHELP funds are to used only in extreme emergencies that would otherwise require the student to withdraw from the program. Funds are to be used only after all other sources (i.e. scholarships, Stafford Loans, Social Services, etc.) have been exhausted. Possible emergency situations include but are not limited to the following situations: Separation from or death of a spouse, loss of income, and loss of housing or transportation.

 

 

 

Details of Administration and Guidelines
  • Funds are to be used for Allied Health students who are in extreme financial difficulty (need)
  • Students should have completed two full semesters of their associate degree program, or one full semester of their diploma program, and have a high probability of graduating on time to be considered for funding
  • Students may request up to $1,500 in PAHELP funds during an academic year
  • Recipients of loans will be required to execute a promissory note with the Western Piedmont Foundation, Inc. before funds are disbursing
  • Loans will be issued interest free for one year. If the loan remains outstanding one year after graduation or withdrawal from the program, interest will accrue at 9% per year
  • 50% of a student’s loan will automatically be forgiven upon graduation from WPCC. (Note: The student must graduate on time.)
  • To apply for loan funds, a student must submit a written request to the Director of Financial Aid. The request should outline the student’s need for PAHELP Funds and how the funds will be used

 

 

 

 

Endowed Teaching Chairs

 

Sterling R. Collett Endowed Teaching Chair
The Endowed Teaching Chairs are a major effort by the Trustees of WPCC and the Western Piedmont Foundation Board to demonstrate their commitment to quality instruction by recognizing and fostering superior faculty with a professional development opportunity and a cash award.
Sara Lee Knit Products Endowed Teaching Chair
The Endowed Teaching Chairs are a major effort by the Trustees of WPCC and the Western Piedmont Foundation Board to demonstrate their commitment to quality instruction by recognizing and fostering superior faculty with a professional development opportunity and a cash award.
Rostan Family Foundation Endowed Teaching Chair
The Endowed Teaching Chairs are a major effort by the Trustees of WPCC and the Western Piedmont Foundation Board to demonstrate their commitment to quality instruction by recognizing and fostering superior faculty with a professional development opportunity and a cash award.

 

 

 

Enhancement Funds

 

Basic Skills Enhancement Fund
To provide enhancements for Basic Skills programs that supplement the resources provided by state and federal funds.
Burke Middle College Enhancement Fund
To provide funds to qualified Burke Middle College students for assistance with costs associated with textbooks, supplies, and fees required for their program of study. These expenses should be beyond the scope of what Burke Middle College normally provides.

 

 

 

Criteria
  • Be enrolled in Burke Middle College
  • Demonstrate financial need (ex. Qualify for free/reduced lunch benefits or present special circumstances)
  • Complete documentation required for selection
  • Return textbooks or materials after completion of related course (as appropriate). If the recipient fails to do so, Burke Middle College may require the recipient to pay for the items purchased with funds awarded

 

Jim W. Burnett Professional Development Fund*
To provide professional development opportunities that can otherwise not be funded through county, state and federal funds.

 

 

 

Fund Guidelines
  • All full-time faculty and staff employed by the College are eligible to apply
  • Funds must be used to provide professional development opportunities directly related to the employees duties and responsibilities. Employees receiving support from this fund will provide a one-page summary of how their professional development experience will benefit them and the College. This report will be turned in no later than 30 days after the completion of the professional development activity
  • Funds will be used to support Western Piedmont Foundation’s annual Mini-Grant Program
  • Annual disbursements will be set by the Executive Director of the Western Piedmont Foundation based on the availability of funds

 

Digital Effects & Animation Technology Enhancement Fund
Student Assistance Program
To provide funds to students enrolled at the College for assistance with counseling services from external agencies.

 

 

 

Details of Administration
  • Recipient must be currently enrolled at Western Piedmont Community College
  • Referral form from a counselor must be submitted to the Dean of Student Services, who will share it with the Behavioral Intervention Team for review and approval
  • If approved by the Behavioral Intervention Team, the Dean of Student Services will submit request for funds to Western Piedmont Foundation

 

  *New Scholarships

 

 

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