FAMILY OF LATE CHARLOTTE BUSINESSMAN                                                                                         

CULLOWHEE – Gifts from the wife and children of a late Charlotte business executive to a scholarship fund designed to help high school students from Burke County attend Western Carolina University have pushed the account over the $100,000 mark.

Brenda Wellmon and her children, Scott and Michelle, recently made the additional contributions in memory of Curtis Lee Wellmon, owner and chief executive officer of the Charlotte-based General Bonded Warehouses Inc.

“With this additional contribution, the Curtis L. and Brenda C. Wellmon Family Scholarship Fund is now the largest endowed scholarship fund at Western Carolina supporting students from Burke County,” said Jim Manring, the university's director of planned giving.

Curtis Wellmon, a 1958 graduate of Western with a bachelor's degree in business administration, and wife Brenda established the scholarship fund in 1996. A founding member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and a member of the Western Carolina University Foundation Board since 1990, Wellmon died in July 2004.

As part of Homecoming 2004 activities at Western, the university presented its Distinguished Service Award posthumously to Wellmon. “During a distinguished career, Curtis Wellmon earned a reputation as a true Southern gentlemen of good character, dignity and kindness, and as a respected business executive who showed by example the importance of giving something back to his community and his alma mater,” Western Chancellor John Bardo said in announcing the award in October.

For information on the Curtis L. and Brenda C. Wellmon Family Scholarship Fund at Western, contact Jim Manring at (828) 227-3049.

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