Brett Woods and Charles Frazier
Brett Woods (left), director of annual and special gifts at Western, thanks novelist Charles Frazier for setting up an endowed scholarship fund that will help high school students from Macon County attend Western. (Photo courtesy of The Franklin Press).

CULLOWHEE – National Book Award-winning writer Charles Frazier, author of the critically acclaimed best-selling novel “Cold Mountain,” has established an endowed scholarship fund in memory of his father to help students from Macon County attend Western Carolina University.

A former Franklin resident, Frazier announced the scholarship Oct. 23 as part of the town's observance of Charles Frazier Day, saying he wanted to honor his father's lifelong love of education. His father, Charles O. Frazier, earned his bachelor's degree in business education from Western in 1947, returning to Macon County in 1967 for a career as a teacher and principal. After receiving a master's degree at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, the elder Frazier earned an education specialist degree from WCU in 1972. He died in November 2001.

Frazier and his wife, Katherine, through their Cold Mountain Foundation, established the Charles O. Frazier Endowed Scholarship Fund with an initial contribution and a pledge of additional support for the next five years. The contributions will enable the awarding of one scholarship a year valued at about $1,500, roughly half the cost of tuition and fees to attend Western for one year.

Scholarships will be awarded to incoming freshmen from Macon County, with preference given to graduates of Franklin High School. Scholarships will be given on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated financial need. The first Charles O. Frazier Endowed Scholarship will be awarded for the fall of 2005-06.

“We are so very pleased that Mr. Frazier has chosen to honor the memory of his father by establishing this scholarship fund at Western,” said Brett Woods, director of annual and special gifts at Western. “Thanks to the generosity of Charles and Katherine Frazier and the Cold Mountain Foundation, students from the high school where his father worked for so long will be able to continue their educations at Western. I can think of no more fitting tribute to a man who devoted his life to education. Their gifts will truly make a difference.”

For information on scholarship funds, contact Brett Woods at (828) 227-7124 or bwoods@wcu.edu .

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