Burke Collegiate Scholars

Western Piedmont Foundation, Inc. sponsors the Burke Collegiate Scholars, an innovative program designed to encourage academically able rising sixth graders identified as potential first-generation college students, to complete high school and enroll at WPCC with eligibility for full funding for tuition and fees for five consecutive semesters should students not be eligible for sufficient Pell grant funding. Each year, the Foundation selects one Burke Collegiate Scholar and two runners up in each of Burke County’s fifteen elementary schools to participate in the program. The awards are made on the basis of academic potential, leadership skills and financial need.

During these students’ middle school and high school years, the Foundation and WPCC’s Educational Talent Search Program provide support in the form of regular academic assistance and enrichment programs. Check out the Burke Collegiate Scholar Success Stories page to learn more about the outstanding accomplishments of our Burke Collegiate Scholar students!

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WPCC Graduate
Melissa Xiong
Valdese Elementary
2008 Class of 2015