Inez McRae Scholarship


Scholarship Information & Application

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The Inez McRae Scholarship is awarded annually by the Mitchell County Historical Society to a Mitchell County high school senior in the amount of $1000.

The applicant must be a high school senior who has demonstrated an interest in Appalachian studies, including, but not necessarily limited to Appalachian history, music, art, folk culture and economic or community development.  The applicant must demonstrate a desire to pursue this study at a higher educational level and express a desire to eventually live and work within 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.

An essay will be required in which the applicant will detail 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 who will review the applications, evaluate the applicants, and select three finalists.  The applicant’s financial need may 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 the applicants.

Historical Society’s McRae Scholarship Awarded to Samantha Fortner

Photo of Samantha Fortner and Inez McRae

Samantha Fortner and Inez McRae

Mitchell County Historical Society is excited to announce that Samantha Fortner is the recipient of its First Annual Inez McRae Scholarship. Samantha, the daughter of Larry Scott Fortner of Bakersville and Sheila Howe Fortner of Hendersonville, NC, graduated from Mitchell High School in 2017 at the top of her class. Superlative academics were not Samantha’s only achievement; she participated in student government, several sports, and extracurricular activities, as well as working and volunteering in the community. She plans to attend Wake Forest University and hopes to be an elementary teacher.

The scholarship honors Inez McRae, founding member, anchor, and guiding force of 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 currently lives in Winston-Salem, but came back for the Rhododendron Festival, at which Samantha met her for a chat and a photo opportunity.

The MCHS scholarship 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 demonstrates a desire to pursue this interest at a higher educational level and express a desire to eventually live and work within Appalachia.

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