When Tess Branon graduates from Western Carolina University this spring, she’ll have something many of her friends don’t – a student debt load that’s pretty light, thanks to the endowed scholarships she received.
The financial help has allowed Branon to focus on her research and studies in chemistry and biology, enabling her to achieve the kind of college success that has resulted in Branon having her choice of graduate schools to attend. She has worked hard at Western Carolina, to be sure, but she feels lucky that when she needed help, endowments made her scholarships possible. Endowed scholarships are so important to a student’s success that Chancellor David O. Belcher has challenged university supporters to increase their size and number. Endowed scholarships are, Belcher said, the university’s No. 1 philanthropic priority.