Inez McRae Memorial Scholarship

Emma Carpenter is the 2020 Recipient of
the Inez McRae Scholarship

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Emma Carpenter

The Mitchell County Historical Society is pleased to announce that Emma Elizabeth Carpenter is the recipient of the 2020 Inez McRae Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1000.  The scholarship honors Inez McRae, founding member, anchor, and guiding force of Mitchell County Historical Society; she passed away in December 2019.

A 2020 graduate of Mitchell High School, Carpenter plans to attend East Tennessee State University, majoring in history with a minor in secondary education.  She plans to use the MCHS scholarship to further her goal to “expand her knowledge of history and influence generations to come.”  Emma is the daughter of Stephen and Laura Carpenter of Spruce Pine.

The McRae Memorial Scholarship goes to a high school senior from Mitchell County who demonstrates an interest in Appalachian studies, including, but not limited to history, music, art, folk culture, and economic or community development.  The student selected must exhibit a desire to pursue this interest at a higher educational level and express a desire to eventually live and work in Appalachia.

 

About the Inez McRae Scholarship

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Inez McRae

The Inez McRae Scholarship honors MCHS  founding member, anchor, and guiding force of the Mitchell County Historical Society Inez McRae. Inez taught school for many years in Mitchell County, so it is quite fitting that our annual scholarship bears her name. She passed away in December 2019.

The scholarship in the amount of $1000 is awarded to a high school senior from Mitchell County who demonstrates an interest in Appalachian studies, including, but not limited to history, music, art, folk culture, and economic or community development. The student selected must exhibit a desire to pursue this interest at a higher educational level and express a desire to eventually live and work in Appalachia.

The scholarship is intended as a grant-in-aid to be used for educational expenses such as tuition, books and equipment related to the course of study. The application will require personal information regarding the applicant, including parents’ names and addresses, grade point average, information regarding any arrest history, future educational plans, and at least three references (two non-educational), and information regarding family income.

In addition, an essay is required in which the applicant details the area of Appalachian studies in which he or she has been involved, explain his or her educational intentions, and discuss his or her plans for a future career.

All applications will be referred to the Mitchell Historical Society Scholarship Committee which will review the applications, evaluate the applicants, and select three finalists. The applicant’s financial need may or may not be a consideration in determining the finalists and/or the eventual winner. Upon receipt of the names of the finalists and their original applications, the Mitchell County Historical Society Board of Directors will conduct personal interviews with applicants.