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At Western Carolina University, we know that a university isn't just a place, it's a community. A community that's built from and defined by the people who call Western Carolina home, first as students and then as alumni. Our Alumni Association fosters a lifelong connection to WCU through programs and services so that no matter where you are, you'll always have a home in Cullowhee. Learn more about the Alumni Association...

MichaelPenland

Scholarships Unleash Student’s Potential

The power of scholarships reaches beyond simply alleviating financial burden from students and their families. Scholarships are oftentimes the determining factor in whether a student pursues a college education at all.  

Jim Beddingfield Alum of the Month

Jim Beddingfield Alum of the Month

Meet our Alumni of the Month: Jim Beddingfield! He graduated from WCU in 1967 with a B.A. in Social Science with a concentration in Political Science. He also had taken several business courses and returned in the summer of 1971 to take additional business courses.  

Maggie Akin Bare Alum of the Month

Maggie Akin Bare Alum of the Month

Meet our Alumni of the Month: Maggie Akin Bare! She graduated from WCU in 1954. And earned a double major in both Art and Social Sciences. In the early 1960’s I returned to WCU and received a Master in Education and Education Specialist degrees.  

Lisa and David Hill Alums of the Month

Lisa and David Hill Alums of the Month

Meet our Alumni of the Month: Lisa and David Hill! She attended WCU from Fall 1981- Spring 1983 and he attended from Fall 1979 - Spring 1983.   

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Car Ride with Chancellor, Scholarships Prove Turning Point for Future Vet

Students, pets, pets, students. It seems to be one or the other for Western Carolina University senior Sarah Bennett, who graduated in May with a biology degree and an eye on veterinary school.  

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Scholarships Mean More than Money to Erin West

Erin West knows the value of a scholarship can go well beyond its dollar sign. A senior in the College of Business, West has received slightly more than $17,000 in WCU scholarships since her sophomore year. But besides helping to pay for her education, the financial support has helped to position her as a student with some cachet, a good bet, a smart cookie who knows a thing or two.  

Kam A. McDonald Alum of the Month

Kam A. McDonald Alum of the Month

Meet our Alumni of the Month: Kam A. McDonald! She graduated from WCU in Spring 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and completed my MSW in 2013 at Winthrop University.  

Sky Sampson Alumna of the Month

Sky Sampson Alumna of the Month

Meet our Alumna of the Month: Sky Sampson! She graduated from WCU in 2010 with a bachelor of science degree in communications.  

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Scholarships Lead to Success on Stage and Screen

Hidden among the pages of his childhood journal, Western Carolina University senior Briar Boggs found a sign, THE sign: a wistful note from his 10-year-old self, longing for a dream he did not think possible. The discovery made him cry.  

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