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

Tori Grasty of the Fines Creek Community, Haywood County

Hillary Kim of the Edneyville Community, Henderson County

Corrie Kinsland of the Otto Community, Macon County

Grace Owen of the Balsam Grove Community, Transylvania County

Ian Smith of the Center Community, Madison County

Emma Sorrells of the Bethel Community, Haywood County

Pat Brinkley Shulimson Scholar

In addition, we are pleased to announce that Grace Owen from Balsam Grove in Transylvania County was chosen to receive the Pat Brinkley Shulimson Memorial Scholarship of $500. Grace is being awarded this scholarship for her outstanding leadership abilities.

The Journey Scholarship was established in 2002 through WNC Communities to award scholarships to high school seniors with good character, high academic achievement, and significant contributions to community service; students must be active in participating communities throughout Western North Carolina, and may access this information through their guidance counselors.  As of 2019, WNC Communities has awarded $174,000 to 165 outstanding young men and women of Western North Carolina to help further their education.

Photo:  Students who attended the Journey Scholarship awards luncheon are pictured left to right:
Tori Grasty, Amber Gay, Emma Sorrells, Mr. George Cecil (Committee Member), Corrisa Cronkite