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Under the leadership of Chancellor David O. Belcher, Western Carolina University has seen phenomenal success. He has propelled this institution toward greatness, but, more importantly, he has done the same for the students we serve. Now, we must continue the progress he put in motion. We must be champions for our students, believe in their possibilities, inspire their determination, knock down obstacles in their way and lead them toward a better future. Join us in a campaign inspired by our greatest champion. Lead the Way.

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Scholarship Stories

Lena Mayberry Engstrom and Joan Davis Humphries

Grateful Student Pays Homage to Dedicated Teacher

Lena Pearl Dula Mayberry Engstrom taught school for 45 years, pioneered advanced placement classes, graduated from Western Carolina University twice and N.C. State, studied at Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge universities, plus Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill, and ensured her most gifted students got into college with financial aid by taking them directly to university administrators to show them off.

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Endowed Scholarship Honors Family of Educators

Harold and Henrietta Saltz Anderson may have made their fortune farming in the shadow of the Grand Coulee Dam in central Washington state, but they never forgot their roots in Western North Carolina. When the couple died – Henrietta in 1995, and Harold in 2016 – with no children of their own, they left behind "seed money," so to speak, to Western Carolina University.

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 High Falls, DuPont State Forest, Cedar Mountain, NC

Wife Endows Scholarship to Honor Late Husband’s Work Ethic


They were hiking buddies for sure, and world travelers, and hard-working professionals who made a life in their own backyard of Brevard so they could stay close to their aging parents. But most of all they were partners in life for 47 years—34 as husband and wife—until he died last year on Sept. 1, 17 days before his 79th birthday.

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