Community Scholarships

Please scroll down to review each of our scholarship opportunities and see if you qualify! Applications or links to applications for each scholarship can be found in the scholarship title.

Cannon Memorial Hospital Volunteer Program Scholarship

2021-2022 Academic Year


Due Date: Thursday, July 1, 2021

The 2021-2022 Cannon Memorial Hospital Scholarship is now available! Students in Avery County and the surrounding areas that plan to pursue a career in the medical field are encouraged to apply. Please find the scholarship application and the additional requirements listed below:

  • Resident of Avery County or the surrounding counties
  • Complete application
  • Two letters of recommendation; One from a teacher or school counselor; one from a current or past employer; or one from a volunteer supervisor, if the applicant does not have employment history
  • Official transcript of grades from the last school attended
  • A copy of an official acceptance letter from applicant’s school of choice and date of anticipated entry (if available). The committee also requires a copy of the letter of acceptance into the program of study related to a medical field listed in the scholarship application.

The scholarship committee considers each applicant based on the following:

  • Acceptance into a health care/medical related program
  • Applicant need
  • Grade point average
  • Completed application
  • Review of personal/professional recommendations.

The Cannon Memorial Hospital Volunteer Program Scholarship committee will make the final decision on selections of applicants for scholarships. The committee chairperson will send a letter of acceptance or denial to each applicant following the selection process. Scholarship funds will be forwarded to the student’s school of enrollment to be credited to their student account.

Applications are due by the above listed deadline to Charles A Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital 434 Hospital Drive Linville, NC 28646 with the attention to “Sally Woodring”.

For questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Paul Hagen at 828.733.3140 or via email at

Agnes Christman PEO Scholarship

2021-2022 Academic Year


Due Date: Noon, Wednesday, June 30, 2021 or Until Filled

This scholarship is sponsored by PEO International and awarded each semester.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be female.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.
  • Must show academic potential.
  • Must be a Mitchell, Avery or Yancey County resident.
  • Must be enrolled in a certificate, diploma or degree within either the Medical Assisting or Nursing programs.
  • Must not have another degree.

**In addition to the above criteria, a student may be required to have two year minimum break in education (between high school and college or other). Students should still apply even if they do not have this break.**

If you meet ALL of the above criteria, you are eligible to apply for the scholarship by completing the Agnes Christman PEO Scholarship Application found below.

Once this document is complete, please return it to the Financial Aid Office at

Please hurry! Only two applications will be accepted for this opportunity!

SECU Foundation “People Helping People” Scholarship

2021-2022 Academic Year


Due Date: Noon, Monday June 21, 2021

The State Employee’s Credit Union (SECU) Foundation has established a two- year scholarship program to assist North Carolina community college students in achieving academic success. The members of SECU take an active role in assisting organizations and communities across North Carolina and truly believe in “People Helping People!”

The SECU Scholarship is a $5,000 award distributed semi-annually in two payments: $1,250 per student for Fall Semester and $1,250 per student for Spring Semester for a maximum of four consecutive Fall/Spring semesters. Membership in the SECU is NOT required.

The Scholarship Committee of Mayland Community College will nominate two individuals for this award that are most deserving of an opportunity to further their educations. The committee will consider students who best exemplify the membership philosophy of the SECU, “People Helping People,” and have demonstrated leadership, excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement. The recipient will be selected without regard to race, sex, color, creed, religious preference, age, national origin or disability.

Qualified candidates must:

  • Be a high school graduate or completed the General Education Development (GED) Program that is enrolled fulltime each semester in an associate degree, diploma or certificate program.
  • Be a U.S. citizen and resident of North Carolina – eligible for in-state tuition.
  • Not been a previous recipient of the SECU “People Helping People” scholarship.
  • Best exemplify the membership philosophy of the Credit Union – “People Helping People” – and have demonstrated leadership, excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Demonstrate ongoing scholastic achievement by having and maintaining a 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • Use scholarship to pay tuition, books, fees, course supplies and transportation.
  • Continue at Mayland for the duration of the scholarship (four consecutive fall/spring semesters) or until completion of diploma or certificate program. Scholarships are not transferable to another student or another school.
  • Not be a Director, employee, or family member of an employee of the State Employee’s Credit Union or SECU Foundation.

To apply, please submit a one to two-page essay to the Scholarship Coordinator explaining why you feel you best exemplify the membership philosophy of the Credit Union – “People Helping People.” Explain how you have demonstrated leadership, excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement. Your paper must be typed and double-spaced, using Times New Roman 12 font.

Your essay must be accompanied by:

  • Two letters of recommendation from leaders of organizations for which you have volunteered or from members of the community who can attest to your character, integrity, and community involvement.
  •  A copy of your most recent transcript.
  • Scholarship data and consent forms found in below link.

Submit your essay along with all required documentation by the June 21 deadline to Jessica Forbes by mail at 200 Mayland Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 or
For more information, contact Jessica Forbes at 828-537-0008 or by e-mail at