Communities thrive when children are prepared to make a difference.

It is critical that our City Schools graduates have the opportunity to move on to higher learning and careers. That is why we provide over $180,000 in new and renewing scholarships each year to help Asheville City Schools students continue to excel after graduation.



ACSF offers memorial scholarships to honor the following individuals 


Emily Eliot-Gaines
John B. Lewis
Mitchell Carlisle
Seth David Shillcock Olson
Judson R. Porter
Theda Rudd
Deborah Sizemore
Cheryl Warren
Mrs. Eleanor Wykle
Bill Dechant


Congratulations to the ACSF Scholarship Awardees for 2018!


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. 

2017-2018 Awardee: Arianna Moore

The Commander Guy R. Bostain ROTC Scholarship is a one-time award of up to $3,000 for ROTC students with a history of leadership activities.

2017-2018 Awardee: Wiley Eaton

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.

2017-2018 Awardee: Hannah Clarkson

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.

2017-2018 Awardee: Maya Jolly

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.

2017-2018 Awardees: Anna Fiore, Alana Holder, Hannah Milling

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.

2017-2018 Awardees: Natalie Gabriel, Audrey Kayser, EmmaLee Kendrick, Noa Meiri, Rebecca Scothorn, Sarah Weiss

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. 

2017-2018 Awardee: Christopher Sorrells

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. 

2017-2018 Awardees: Amiri Bowman, Caleb Owen

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.

2017-2018 Awardee: Myrakle Gates

The Jesse Mae Jones Memorial Scholarship is a one-time award of $2,500 to an African American female student from Asheville High School, with financial need, interested in entrepreneurial and/or culinary arts focus at a 2 or 4 year college.

2017-2018 Awardee: Madison Newborn

The Jostens Scholarship is a one-time award of $500 to a student involved in extra-curricular activities and who also has a good academic average.

2017-2018 Awardee: Ahinoam Quinones

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.   

2017-2018 Awardee: Amaya Kinch

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.

2017-2018 Awardee: Drew Neill

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.

2017-2018 Awardees: Ceecret Allen, Dana Campbell, Fatima Gonzalez-Canales

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.

2017-2018 Awardee: Mary Ana Lechman

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.

2017-2018 Awardee: Veronica Murphy

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.

2017-2018 Awardee: Devin Boston

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.

2017-2018 Awardee: Halsey Congleton

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.  

2017-2018 Awardee: Kodi Kodrington

The Eleanor and Charles 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.

2017-2018 Awardee: Isabel Arredondo-Moreno

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.

2017-2018 Awardees: CeeCret Allen, Isabel Arredondo, Fisayo Bashorun, Taquandre Bates, Devin Boston, Dana Campbell Jr., Zoe Cecil, DeAngelo Collins, Myrakle Gates, Fatima Gonzalez-Canales, Keenan Hines, Erykah Howard, Aionna Hyatt, Rayanna Inniss, Tyleek Jackson, Nadia May, Arianna Moore, Oliberto Perez, Ahinoam Quinones, Jasmine Riddle, Kaitlyn Srey, Kelby Vargas, Zion Walker


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: 

Rebecca Abide
Development Associate and Student Scholarship Coordinator
828-350-6179
rebecca.abide@acsgmail.net