Inez McRae Scholarship

Macie Stafford with MCHS Board Member Brandon Dean Pittman

Macie Stafford with MCHS Board Member Brandon Dean Pittman

The 2019 Inez McRae Scholarship
is Awarded to Macie Stafford

Mitchell County Historical Society is excited to announce that Macie Danielle Stafford is the recipient of its Third Annual Inez McRae Scholarship. Macie, the daughter of Tom and Michelle Stafford of Spruce Pine, is a 2019 graduate of Mitchell High School. 

Macie’s academic achievements include Student of the Year in American History I and II and 2018 Junior Marshall.  She was Varsity Cheerleading Captain, MHS Yearbook Business Manager, and was involved in FBLA and the Aviation Club activities.  Macie was also a 2018 participant in the Martha Guy Summer Institute at Appalachian State University.  She plans to attend ASU, with a major in Computer Information Systems and a minor in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology. 

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 should also 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 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.


Scholarship Information & Application

  • Download the Scholarship Application – The 2020 Application will be posted soon

If you have problems with the application file, please e-mail mitchellnchistory@gmail.com with your issue.

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.

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