Inez McRae Memorial Scholarship

Applications for the 2020 Scholarship
Are Being Accepted

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Inez McRae

The Mitchell County Historical Society is pleased to announce that applications are available for the Fifth Annual Inez McRae Scholarship.

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

The MCHS 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.

Apply for the Scholarship

  • Download the Application:
    | PDF | Word |

The PDF file must be printed and filled out by hand. The Word document can be downloaded and filled out on the computer.

In both cases, the application should be printed out and signed by the student and submitted to the MCHS office in the Historic Mitchell Courthouse in Bakersville. You can submit the application either in person during regular business hours of Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM or by mail. The mailing address is Mitchell County Historical Society, P.O. Box 651, Bakersville, NC 28705.

IS APRIL 1, 2020.

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