Communities thrive when STUDENTS are prepared to make a difference.

It is critical that our Asheville City Schools graduates have the opportunity to move on to higher learning and careers. That is why we provide over $183,000 in new and renewing scholarships each year to help students continue to excel after graduation. Since 2000, over 2.6 million has been awarded to Asheville High and SILSA graduates.


 

Shawntell, a 2019 ACSF Scholarship Awardee, shares words of encouragement for future applicants!

Zion, a 2018 ACSF Scholarship Awardee, shares how he felt hearing his name called on awards night!

 

Memorial Scholarships honor the following individuals 

 

John B. Lewis
Mitchell Carlisle
Cheryl Frisbee Cook
Janet Hodges Stakias

Seth David Shillcock Olson
Theda Rudd
Bill Dechant
Eleanor Wykle

 

Congratulations to the ACSF Scholarship Awardees for 2019!

 
 

The Asheville Promise Scholarship is a community funded, last dollar scholarship up to $1,000. Preference is given to In Real Life after-school alumni, IRL after-school mentors, and first generation college attendees.

Awardees: Paul Jones, Ingrid Kalwitz Blanco, Sativeonte Maewether, Jordan Robinson, Kelsion Rouse, Myasia Twitty


The Dr. Keith Black Scholarship is a one-time award of $500 to a student pursuing a health-related career, has a 3.0 GPA and has participated in at least one extra-curricular activity or works after school. 

Awardee: Monserrat Valencia-Zuniga


The Mitchell Carlisle Memorial Scholarship is a $1,000 award to a student ranked in the Top 20% of the class who has been involved in athletics and participates in school activities.

Awardee: Ayla Dunham


The Bill Dechant Asheville City Schools Memorial Scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000 to a student who exhibits good character and leadership skills, has maintained a good academic average, has financial need and has a history of playing Field Hockey.

Awardee: Claire Grady


The Deutsch Family Scholarship is a one-time award of $1,500. To be eligible, students must write an additional essay about how they have promoted racial, religious and cultural harmony while in school.

Awardees: Lisi Pena-Yanes, Amber Redmond, Peyton Terry


William E. Drake Scholarship
is a one-time award of $2,000 to a student who will attend UNC Chapel Hill, is in the top 20% of the graduating class and has worked to help support herself while in high school.

Awardees: Elizabeth Flowe


The Lee H. Edwards Class of '48 Scholarship is a one-time award of $1,500 to a student in the upper 30% of the class who will attend a NC publicly funded four or two-year college. 

Awardee: Ava Freeman


The Lee H. Edwards Class of ’51 Scholarships are one-time awards of $2,000 each to two students with a history of volunteer service. 

Awardees: Quentin McCalla, Jordyn Singletary


The Mel Hetland Scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000 to a student who will attend a NC publicly funded college, has participated in community service and has a weighted GPA of 3.0 or better.

Awardee: Sheila Bautista-Perez


The Bruce & Jean Larson Community Service Scholarship
is a $4,000 award, payable at $1,000 per year for four years (subject to satisfactory performance and progress). It is awarded to a student who will attend a four-year college or university, has a 3.0 GPA or better, has a concern for others as demonstrated by significant community service activities throughout high school, and has an interest in and respect for cultural diversity as demonstrated by relevant school and community activities.   

Awardee: Zya’ Brown


The John B. Lewis Scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000 to a student who will attend a NC publicly funded four-year or community college. The student must have a weighted GPA of 3.0 or better; have participated in team sports at Asheville High School; and show evidence of leadership ability, community service and/or employment experience.

Awardee: Jayden Abernathy


Paddison Family Foundation Scholarships
are four-year scholarships of $10,000, payable at $2,500 per year (subject to satisfactory performance and progress), for students who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership ability, and good character. 9 are awarded this year.

Awardees: Ariahn Glass, Jaihlen Harper, Ada Holt, Ruthee Jester, Kasiya Little, Kaliq Moore, Marjorie Rogers, Shawntell Smart, Noah Wilde, William Windsor


The Pepsi Cola Scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000 to a student with scholastic achievement and a desire to pursue higher education.

Awardee: Grace Miller


The Peterson-Stanley Future Educator Scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000 to a student who intends to pursue a career in education, who shows financial need and good character. This person must have a weighted, cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better; a history of active participation in school activities, community service, and extra-curricular involvement and/or work experience.

Awardee: Claire Burnet


The Reed Scholarship for Applied Awesomeness is a $10,000 award, payable at $2,500 per year for four years (subject to satisfactory performance and progress).  It is awarded to a student who must have a GPA of 3.0 or better; a history of active participation in school activities, community service, extracurricular involvement and/or work experience, and have good character.

Awardee: Zaria Bunn, Melody Le Kuai


The Theda Rudd Asheville City Schools Memorial Scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000 to a student who exhibits good character and leadership skills, has a GPA of 3.0 or better with financial need, and expresses interest in education or another helping profession.

Awardee: Samantha Yoffee


The Seth David Shillcock Olson Scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000 to a student who must have a weighted GPA of 3.0 or better; have participated in athletics; have a history of employment experience and volunteer service to the community; be attending a publicly funded 4 year university; and be well-rounded.  

Awardee: Eleni Nakos


The Charles and Eleanor Wykle Scholarship is a one-time award of $2,000 to a student with strong academic achievement, a history of participation in school activities, and good character. Preference given to students with financial need, first generation college attendees, and/or students of color.

Awardee: Mackenzie Flowe


The City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA) awards $2,000 scholarships to Asheville High School/SILSA students who have successfully completed their summer internships and participated in monthly community service projects throughout the school year. CAYLA has been developed through a partnership between the Asheville City Schools Foundation and the City of Asheville as part of the "Grow Our Own" initiative.

Awardees: Dalvin Battle, Sheila Bautista-Perez, Zya’ Brown, Zaria Bunn, Jaihlen Harper, Ruthee Jester, Kaliq Moore, Marvin Pearson, Lisi Pena-Yanes, Shawntell Smart


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: 

Rebecca Abide
Development and Scholarship Coordinator
828-350-6179
rebecca@acsf.org