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Fund for WCU generates $40,000 in first-year access scholarship support

Seventy-nine students are working toward their degrees this semester after receiving financial assistance in the form of first-year access scholarships made possible by donors to the Fund for WCU.  

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ICA, Project CARE supports students through 1889 Impact Grant-funded projects

The Office of Intercultural Affairs held a trio of activities during the 2021-2022 academic year designed to support an array of students, including first-year, transfer and traditionally underrepresented students.  

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Newly established scholarship designed to support military members, veterans

An alumna is saluting her late sister’s 22 years of service in the U.S. Navy by launching an endowed scholarship fund in her memory designed to support members and veterans of the armed forces.  

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For the first time in WCU’s history, 5 students apply for Fulbright awards

For the first time in WCU’s history, two alumni and three current students have applied for various Fulbright awards.  

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Mental health was a growing concern across most college campuses long before COVID-19 became a thing. But once the pandemic altered higher education learning for nearly two years, mental health concerns pushed its way to the forefront. Many students across the country struggled with being quarantined, learning virtually and missing the support systems that they grew accustomed to in college.   

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Live Western

In 2021, Western Carolina University started market research to better understand its perception in the higher education market, complete a competitive audit and identify opportunities for growth, and define its institutional personality for a statewide brand campaign.  

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A Photographer's View

In each issue of WCU Magazine, our photographers will not only give you a glimpse of the beauty that exists but also a look at what's taking place on campus.  


Honoring Our Promise

WCU Enters Leadership Phase of Comprehensive Campaign  

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Teaching Teachers

There wasn’t a single thing or a precise moment that led to Keiara Newsome ’22 deciding she wanted to become a schoolteacher. For the Charlotte resident, the career choice was an evolution, coming from some key personal realizations made during her early years as a student at Western Carolina University.  

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