Journey Scholarship Students attending Awards Luncheon

WNC Communities Awards $11,000 in Scholarships to Ten Young Women and Men of Western North Carolina

For 2019, WNC Communities is awarding $11,000 to these ten young women and men of Western North Carolina.  They are each receiving a Journey Scholarship ranging from $500-$1500 to attend college. Madi Beddingfield of the Avery’s Creek Community, Buncombe County Taylor Calloway of the Edneyville Community, Henderson County Corissa Cronkite of the Thickety Community, Haywood County Amber Gay of the Cane Creek Community, Buncombe County  Read More »

Journey Scholarship

One of the greatest joys we have is to see the youth in our community succeed in having the opportunity to attend college.  Of course, the journey to pursue a higher education can be expensive, so scholarships become necessary.  We are honored at WNC Communities to be the custodians of the Journey Scholarship program. This scholarship was established to grant scholarships to high school seniors  Read More »

Community Best Practices

Community Development Clubs work hard throughout the year to serve their citizens and uphold the traditions and beauty of the mountains. Their work is truly inspirational. Below is a brief listing of the best practices from past WNC Honors Awards Programs.

WNC Honors Awards

The WNC Honors Awards are built on 70 years of history recognizing the achievements of organized communities for their work on behalf of their residents. The WNC Honors Awards Program is an opportunity for community clubs across the mountains to come together to celebrate and receive recognition and cash awards for the work they have accomplished during the year. Every year communities are given the  Read More »


WNC Communities supports the economic development efforts of communities throughout the mountains to improve the quality of life for their residents. It is the belief of WNC Communities that these core groups of neighbors, families, and friends make the difference in our everyday lives and are the grassroots upon which collaborations are formed and solutions forged. We are grateful they continue to light the flame  Read More »

Honors Award Winners 2014

Sixty-six communities submitted applications and the following awards were presented at the 65th WNC Honors Awards Program in November of 2014 at the Omni Grove Park Inn. Here is a listing of the 2014 Honors Awards Winners: COMMUNITIES OF DISTINCTION: Bethel RCO and Upper Hickory Nut Gorge COMMUNITIES OF PROMISE: Balsam Grove, Big Cove, Big Y, Brasstown, Caney Fork, Carson, Cedar Mountain, Cowee, Crab Creek,  Read More »