Foundation scholarships open January 8

Beginning Monday, January 8, more than 65 scholarships will be available for high school seniors of Haywood County Schools to apply for through the Haywood County Schools Foundation. Applications will be available at each high school’s counseling center and on the Haywood County Schools Foundation website at

Last year, the Haywood County Schools Foundation awarded 97 Pisgah, Tuscola, Haywood Early College, and Central Haywood high school students with 117 scholarships totaling more than $162,000.

“We encourage all seniors to apply for scholarships,” Haywood County Schools Foundation Executive Director Jenny Wood Valliere said. “The Foundation offers a wide array of scholarships with values ranging from $300 to $40,000.”

To be eligible, a student must be a Haywood County resident, currently enrolled in a Haywood County high school, and be a graduating senior. The student must be planning to attend an approved secondary program (technical/community college, junior college, or four-year institution) and have a 2.5 or better GPA.

Along with completing the application, students must include copies of SAT/ACT scores; three letters of reference, one of which must be from a community member; and a copy of their FAFSA application.

Completed application packets must be submitted to the student’s high school counseling center by Monday, March 12.

Scholarship winners will be notified by May 1. A Partners in Education celebration for scholarship winners will be held on May 21 at Tuscola High School.

The Haywood County Schools Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to supporting educational opportunities for the students and staff of Haywood County Consolidated Schools. The funding for scholarships is provided by generous donors.

For more information about scholarships or help with filling out a FAFSA, contact Wood Valliere at or 828.456.2400 ext 2117.