George H.V. Cecil Scholarship

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Established in 2002 as the Journey Scholarship, the program was renamed for George H.V. Cecil in 2020. A native of Western North Carolina and the founder and Scholarship Committee Chair, George Cecil believed in the power of education to transform lives and communities. This endowed scholarship honors his legacy by furthering educational opportunities, encouraging community service, and fostering leadership skills.

This is a four-year renewable scholarship offered to high school seniors from participating WNC Honors communities with priority given to those who have actively volunteered with their community centers. Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate good character, strong academic potential, dedication to community service, and leadership.

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2024 General Info

Congratulations to the 2024 Recipients! Read more here. 

Applications for the 2025-26 scholarship cycle should open in early 2025. Questions may be directed to the scholarship coordinator at


  • Applicants must live in one of the communities or otherwise participate in one of the community centers that is active in the WNC Honors Program
  • Student must have at least a 3.0 unweighted grade point average to be considered.
  • Student must be in high school and eligible to enter college
  • Scholarships are valid for an accredited four or two year college program.