Western Piedmont Foundation Receives Grant Funds Through Robert P. Holding Foundation


The Western Piedmont Foundation at Western Piedmont Community College announced that this month the Robert P. Holding Foundation, Inc. presented a $20,000 check to support their existing scholarship.

Robert P. Holding Foundation representatives presented the donation on November 29th for the Scholarship Endowment.

“The Robert P. Holding Foundation has a strong sense of respect and gratitude for the work of Western Piedmont Community College and the programs it offers to enhance the lives of the citizens of North Carolina,” Senior Vice President of Philanthropic and Charitable Services at First Citizens Bank Hank Dunbar said.

In 2021, the Robert P. Holding Foundation established an endowed scholarship with the Western Piedmont Foundation in the amount of $30,000. The purpose of this fund is to assist students in meeting educational expenses incurred while pursuing their academic goals at Western Piedmont Community College. A minimum of one (1) $500 scholarship can be awarded annually based on the availability of funds. Applicants must complete Western Piedmont’s scholarship application form and submit it to the Financial Aid Office by the deadline each year in addition to completing the Free Application for federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the deadline each year.

“This donation will allow us to provide more students with scholarship assistance and help minimize financial barriers,” Western Piedmont Board President Carrie Mull said. “On behalf of our Foundation board, I extend our gratitude to the Robert P. Holding Foundation for their generous support.”

About WPCC:

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. Apply online at wpcc.edu or visit the WPCC campus to apply in person.

About The Western Piedmont Foundation:

The Western Piedmont Foundation was created in 1967 to secure public and private funding for Western Piedmont Community College. Funds raised by the Foundation strengthen the college’s ability to serve students and the local community. The Foundation provides student scholarships and financial aid in addition to funding for employee professional development, classroom and program enhancement, and community engagement. In 2021-22, the Foundation awarded over $67,000 in student financial aid, $33,000 for community programs, and over $6,000 for employee professional development opportunities.