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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

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Cashiers couple endows scholarship for WNC students

Creating an endowed scholarship at Western Carolina University provided a way for Cashiers seasonal residents Ann and Peter Summers to make a difference in the region where they both have so many family ties. Their scholarship targets students from the western North Carolina region such as inaugural recipient Marcelina Sena.

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Partnerships grow through scholarship support 

As an out-of-state student, Pablo Valenzuela often struggled to come up with the nearly $25,000 a year required to attend Western Carolina University. But thanks to the Eaton Corporation Scholars Annual Scholarship that Valenzuela received for the 2017-18 academic year, that burden became a little lighter.

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Graduate endows fifth scholarship

Sophomore political science and international studies major David Benoit said being a scholarship recipient has changed more than his financial situation. When he found out he had received the Gaither M. Keener Political Science Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Gerald Schwartz, it amplified his drive to succeed in and out of the classroom.

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