Bobbie W. Harpe Memorial Scholarship

Bobbie Jean Windham Harpe (1927-2014) was born in Mississippi and moved to Canton, North Carolina in 1957. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church for over 50 years, serving on the Administrative Board, Board of Trustees, as a Sunday-school teacher, youth director, president of United Methodist Women, circle leader, and in many other groups and committees over the years. Bobbie was a lifelong advocate of health care, education, and culture in Haywood County, volunteering with the Red Cross, the health department, local schools, the Folkmoot Foundation, the Haywood County Hospital Auxiliary, the Hospice Board, and the State Committee of Citizens of Public Health. In 1981, she received the Governor’s Community Leadership Award. Bobbie could be regularly seen power walking the sidewalks of Canton – a memorial plaque at the Canton Recreational Park Playground puts it this way: “she walked before walking was cool.” Robert, Michael, and Gil Harpe created and funded this scholarship in memory of Bobbie Harpe, who was an active member of the Canton community. Scholarships will be given annually as long as funds are available.

Eligibility Requirements

• Member of Central United Methodist Church, Canton, NC.
• Participation in volunteer work through or at Central United Methodist, Canton NC.
• Grade Point Average of 2.5
• MUST submit an half a page essay describing your faith and your commitment to your church.

The Bobbie W. Harpe Scholarship selection committee shall be made up by Central United Methodist in Canton members and members of the Haywood County Schools Foundation Board of Directors. All applications will be reviewed and the scholarship selection committee will make a recommendation for the recipient of the scholarship. The selection process shall consist of a review and evaluation of the scholarship application and possibly a personal interview. The Board of Directors of the Foundation will make the final decision on the recipient of this scholarship. The Board’s decision shall be final. The Haywood County Schools Foundation, Inc., a tax-exempt charitable foundation, will administer the scholarship fund.