Inez McRae Memorial Scholarship

Info about the 2023 Scholarship is below.

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, 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.

Download the application for Inez McRae Scholarship – | Word | PDF |

If you have problems with either of the application forms, please contact us for assistance: (828) 688-4371 during business hours or by e-mail

Please fill out, print, sign and submit your completed application to the MCHS office in the Historic Mitchell County Courthouse or e-mail it to


The deadline for applications for the scholarship is April 15, 2023.