DESCENDANTS OF WESTERN'S FOUNDER MADISON
CREATE SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR WNC STUDENTS
CULLOWHEE – Descendants of Robert Lee Madison, a founder of the institution that became Western Carolina University, have created an endowed scholarship to provide financial support to students majoring in education.
Family members have contributed approximately $24,000 to the Robert Lee and Ella Richards Madison Scholarship Fund, designed to honor the memory of the man who established the Cullowhee Academy in 1889. Scholarships will be awarded to academically deserving students studying in the field of education and who are from the westernmost counties of North Carolina – the primary region served by Western.
To be eligible, students must be pursing a degree, undergraduate or graduate, in an education-related discipline, and must have graduate from a high school in Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Transylvania or Swain county.
For information on the Robert Lee and Ella Richards Madison Scholarship Fund, contact Jim Manring, Western's director of planned giving, at (828) 227-7124.
In the photo: Heirs of Robert Madison toured the Western campus recently to see some of the newest changes taking place at an institution that began with 18 students in a one-room schoolhouse, and that today has an enrollment of nearly 8,400 on a main campus of 270 acres. Standing in front of Madison Hall are, from left to right, Louise Bedford (granddaughter), Bambi Riegel (great-granddaughter), Emma Riegel (great-great-granddaughter), and Bobbie Gowin (granddaughter).