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Love for Cats keep Greeks coming back

It’s all in the family for Amy Kilby, Samir Hafiz and Jerry Matheny when it comes time to shake the money tree for Western Carolina University’s student-athletes. All three are enthusiastic participants in WCU’s Greek Challenge – now in its fifth season – which rallies members of past and present fraternities and sororities at WCU to pony up big bucks and to join the Catamount Club all in support of athletic scholarships.   

High Falls, DuPont State Forest, Cedar Mountain, NC

Wife endows scholarship to honor late husband’s work ethic

Hazel Hawkins always admired her late husband’s work ethic, a man who spent years working fulltime while attending WCU to complete his degree. She honored him by easing the burden on other students, with an endowed scholarship in his name.  

Joan Humphries

Grateful Student Pays Homage to Dedicated Teacher Through Career, Establishment of Scholarship

Lena Dula Mayberry Engstrom had a passion for teaching that changed the trajectory of Joan Davis Humphries’ life. To honor her former high school teacher and mentor, Humphries established an endowed scholarship in Engstrom’s name.  

Aimee Gornto Alumna of the Month

Aimee Gornto - Alumna of the Month

Meet our Alumna of the Month: Aimee Gornto! She graduated in 2010 with a degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Forensics.   

Harold and Henrietta Saltz Anderson

Saltz Anderson endowed scholarship honors family of educators

They traded Western North Carolina for central Washington, where he farmed and she taught school. When it came time to settle their affairs and with no children of their own, Harold and Henrietta Saltz Anderson looked homeward, to North Carolina.  

Charlie and Mary Jo Boswell Alumni of the Month

Charlie and Mary Jo Boswell Alumni of the Month

Meet our Alumni of the Month: Charlie and Mary Jo Boswell! They graduated in 1966 and 1964 with a degree in Chemistry and Elementary Education respectively. Mary Jo also completed her Master's in Special Education in 1966.  

MichaelPenland

Scholarships Unleash Student’s Potential

The power of scholarships reaches beyond simply alleviating financial burden from students and their families. Scholarships are oftentimes the determining factor in whether a student pursues a college education at all.  

Jim Beddingfield Alum of the Month

Jim Beddingfield Alum of the Month

Meet our Alumni of the Month: Jim Beddingfield! He graduated from WCU in 1967 with a B.A. in Social Science with a concentration in Political Science. He also had taken several business courses and returned in the summer of 1971 to take additional business courses.  

Maggie Akin Bare Alum of the Month

Maggie Akin Bare Alum of the Month

Meet our Alumni of the Month: Maggie Akin Bare! She graduated from WCU in 1954. And earned a double major in both Art and Social Sciences. In the early 1960’s I returned to WCU and received a Master in Education and Education Specialist degrees.  

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