Participants of the 23rd Annual Wilkes Community College Foundation’s WAW Scholarship Golf Tournament enjoyed a beautiful fall day at Jefferson Landing on Thursday, September 14, 2023. Deemed a huge success with 130 golfers participating, the tournament netted over $100,000 for the Wilkes Community College (WCC) Education Promise scholarship program.

Community Resource Development Specialist, Natasha Evans, states, “The WCC Education Promise Scholarship provides much more than tuition and fees for our students. It provides the opportunity for student success and a positive momentum toward a family-sustaining wage. Students have a chance at gaining better skills, to pursue better jobs, to provide for a better future.”

Bryson Welborn, a first-year associate in arts student stated, “The scholarship has helped me tremendously as it has paid for my tuition 100% for the next two years. With this weight off my mind, I can focus on my education without worrying if I am going to be able to pay the next semester’s tuition. ”

Evans added, “We would like to recognize and thank the following sponsors for their support of this year’s tournament.”

Event Sponsor: Novant Health

Cocktail Hour Sponsor: Farm Fresh Foods

Lunch Sponsor: Carolina West Wireless

Hole-in-One Sponsor: Modern Toyota of Boone

Putting Contest Sponsor: Phil G. Stevens

Goody Bag Sponsor: Blue Ridge Energy and MAPEI

Longest Drive Sponsor: Truist

Gold Sponsors: Carolina West Wireless, Window World

Silver Sponsors: Wilcox Marketing, Inc.

Bronze Sponsors: Blue Ridge Energy, Campbell Roofing, ECMD, Farm Fresh Foods, LLC, Finley Properties, Modern Toyota of Boone, North Wilkesboro Speedway, Red’s Home   & Garden, Stifel – The Founders Group, and Vannoy Construction.

Partners: Janet Brown, Becky and Arnold Lakey, Danny Holman, Merrill Lynch – Bradley Pitts, SkyLine/SkyBest, Skyline National Bank, Phil G. Stevens, Diane and Larry Stone, and Truist.

Hole Sponsors: Ballard Family Foundation, Becky and Arnold Lakey, Beth and Jay Vannoy, Ben Bundy, Bumgarner Services, Carolyn Brookshire Pardue—Carolina Realty ERA LIVE MOORE, Danny Holman, Finley Properties, In Memory of Freddy Graves, First Community Bank, Joyce Brown, Kendall Huffman—Travelmation, Larry Hendley, Magee Merchandising, McNeill Chevrolet Nissan, QED Consulting, Skyline National Bank, SkyLine/SkyBest, Phil G. Stevens, and Vannoy Construction.

The WCC Education Promise scholarship program, established by the WAW Scholarship Endowment board of directors, Diane and Larry Stone of Wilkesboro, N.C., and Window World, is a two-year, last-dollar scholarship that covers tuition and fees not covered by state or federal grants or other scholarships. The scholarship was designed to ensure that every qualifying student graduating from high school in Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany counties can get a college education from Wilkes Community College tuition-free.

For more information about the WCC Education Promise scholarship or how to make a donation to the program, contact Allison Phillips at 336-838-6491 or