Friends and alumni of Western Carolina University continue to respond to Chancellor David O. Belcher’s plea for additional financial assistance to help deserving students be able to attend the university, with 23 new endowed scholarship funds created in recent months.

During his 2012 installation address, Belcher identified increased funding for student support as the institution’s top philanthropic priority. Through endowments of at least $25,000, scholarship assistance can be awarded on an annual and ongoing basis. New endowed scholarship funds established since Oct. 31, 2016, are:

Dr. William R. Higgins Endowed English Scholarship, for students majoring in English; donors Gerald Matheny ’70 and Judy Matheny.

Bradshaw Family College of Business Endowed Scholarship, for College of Business students with demonstrated financial need, with preference to marketing majors; donors Brad Bradshaw ’76 and Eileen Bradshaw.

Randall and Sybil Duckett Endowed Scholarship, to support one undergraduate student and one graduate student in the College of Education and Allied Professions; donors represented by Thomas Duckett and Laura Duckett.

Joan and Chris Meister Endowed Scholarship, to be awarded in alternate years to students pursuing degrees in the College of Education and Allied Professions and the College of Engineering and Technology, with preference to first-generation students; donors Joan Meister and Pam Meister.

Coach Johnny Wike Athletic Scholarship, awarded to student-athletes competing on either the football team or men’s or women’s golf teams, with preference to teacher education majors; donors represented by Matt Wike ’91.

Sherwin-Williams Company Endowed Scholarship, for students pursuing degrees in the College of Business, with preference to sales or marketing majors; donor Sherwin-Williams Company.

Honors College Endowed Scholarship, for students admitted to the Honors College; donors represented by Jill Granger.

Karen Styles ’94 Endowed Scholarship, for students majoring in recreational therapy; donors represented by Jennifer Hinton and Brenda Holcombe ’94.

Bruce and Mary Clayton Family Endowed Scholarship, for students pursuing a major in the College of Business, with preference to Jackson County residents; donor Bruce Clayton ’71.

Mark A. Tedder Family Endowed Athletic Scholarship, for student-athletes, with preference to N.C. students in the College of Business; donor Mark A. Tedder ’75.

Ted and Avis Phillips Scholarship, for members of the football team from Western North Carolina, with preference to student-athletes from Graham County; donors represented by Teddy Phillips Jr.

Michael Paysour Parks and Recreation Management Endowed Scholarship, for students majoring in parks and recreation management; donor Michael Paysour ’74.

KKSB (Kappa Kappa Soccer Babes) Legacy Endowed Scholarship; for sophomores, juniors or seniors on the women’s soccer team; donors represented by Tina Weaver ’04.

Ed and Donna Broadwell Scholarship, for undergraduate students who graduated from public high schools in Western North Carolina; donors Ed and Donna Broadwell.

Daniel B. Yoe Family Endowed Scholarship, for students in the College of Business with demonstrated financial need; donor Daniel Yoe ’74.

Dr. Daryl L. Hale Endowed Scholarship, for juniors or seniors majoring in philosophy or in special or interdisciplinary studies; donor Brandon A. Robinson ’05 MA ’10.

Harold E. and Henrietta (Saltz) Anderson Endowed Scholarship, for students majoring in teacher education or in birth-kindergarten education; donor Estate of
Harold E. Anderson.

Florence Bannon Endowed Nursing Scholarship, for students enrolled in the RN to BSN program; donor Florence Bannon.

Gaither M. Keener Political Science Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Gerald Schwartz, for students majoring in political science; donor Gaither M. Keener ’72.

Myra Grant Endowed Scholarship, for students with demonstrated financial need; donor Myra Grant ’70. 

Susan Brummell Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts Endowed Scholarship, for students majoring in any program in the College of Fine and Performing Arts; donors David O. Belcher and Susan Brummell Belcher.

Drew Lewis White Memorial Scholarship, for first-generation college students with demonstrated financial need, with preference to students from Ohio and Western North Carolina; donors Lori A. Lewis and Jeffry K. White.

Dorothy P. Bell College of Fine and Performing Arts Endowed Scholarship, for students with demonstrated financial need majoring in any program in the College of Fine and Performing Arts; donor John L. Bell.

For information on how to establish an endowed scholarship, visit the website give.wcu.edu.