Scholarships & Awards

Lehrer Family Scholarship

In April of 2005, Stephen B. and Barbara K. Lehrer established the Lehrer Family Scholarship for Health and Wellness Promotion majors. At least one student receives an award of $1,000 for the upcoming academic year. Additional scholarships of equal or lesser amounts may be awarded depending upon the available funds. Applications will be reviewed on the basis of financial need, academic merit, and potential for health promotion service and leadership.

Lehrer Family Scholarship Details

EligibilityContinuing, full-time students majoring in Health and Wellness Promotion
Resident of North Carolina
Based on need and merit
Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Award Amount$1,000 for at least one student
Additional scholarships of equal or lesser amounts may be awarded depending on available funds
Application Materials RequiredApplication
Application Due DateFirst week of January
Process for ApplicationSubmit the application materials by the due date listed above.

Johanna Lane Bushey Scholarship

The Johanna Lane Bushey Scholarship is an endowed scholarship set up by Dr. Glenn Bushey (president of UNC Asheville’s predecessor institution, Asheville-Biltmore College, from 1947 to 1962) in memory of his wife, Johanna Lane Bushey. Originally a scholarship for students from the Management & Accountancy Department who were interested in healthcare administration, it was changed in 2013 to be for Health and Wellness Promotion majors as more HWP majors were entering healthcare related fields than MGMT/ACCT majors.

Johanna Lane Bushey Scholarship Details

EligibilityContinuing, full-time Health and Wellness Promotion major or minor or a Management & Accountancy major or minor, showing promise in the field of healthcare or health administration
3.0 GPA
Live off-campus
Non-traditional age student
Based on need and merit
Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Award AmountApproximately $2,000 for at least one student
Additional scholarships of equal or lesser amounts may be awarded depending on available funds
Application Materials RequiredApplication
Application Due DateFirst week of January
Process for ApplicationSubmit the application materials by the due date listed above.

Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice Scholarship

This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Keith Ray who developed the Health and Wellness Promotion degree program at UNC Asheville and served as Founding Director of the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville.

Students are nominated for this scholarship by the Health & Wellness Promotion faculty, staff, and/or by fellow HWP students. You may ask someone to nominate you.

All students nominated for the Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice Scholarship will be notified by email in early December and will be asked to submit a double-spaced 1-2 page essay or a 2-3 minute video in support of their nomination.

Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice Scholarship Details

EligibilityContinuing, full-time students majoring in Health and Wellness Promotion with Junior/rising Senior status (1 or 2 semesters to be completed in the coming academic year)
3.0 GPA
Resident of North Carolina
Be nominated by student, faculty or staff (you may self-nominate)
Show promise in the field of primary prevention in NC
Based on need and merit
Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Award Amount$2,000 for at least one student
Additional scholarships of equal or lesser amounts may be awarded depending on available funds
Application Materials RequiredNomination Form

Application Form

Application Due DateFirst week of January
Process for ApplicationSubmit the application materials by the due date listed above.

*Note: Students are welcome to work on and submit an application at any time during the year.

If you would like to nominate a student for this scholarship please complete this nomination form

Chartwell’s Awards

Chartwell’s Awards are given to support student undergraduate research, professional development, service learning and leadership activities as determined through consensus of the Health & Wellness Promotion faculty.

Latin Honors

University-wide Latin Honors are figured on all UNC Asheville grades, and require a minimum of 60 semester hours earned at UNC Asheville. Latin Honor GPA cut-offs are 3.600, 3.750, and 3.900 for Cum laude, Magna cum laude, and Summa cum laude, respectively.

Departmental Distinctions

Upon recommendation by the major department, Departmental Distinction is granted for outstanding performance in the major program. For this award, each department applies standards approved by the Honors Committee. Students who have maintained an overall grade-point average of at least 3.5 and a 3.7 grade-point average in the Major are eligible for Departmental Distinction.

Departmental Academic Awards

Students are nominated by the Health & Wellness Promotion faculty for Academic Awards. Examples of commonly given Departmental Academic Awards include: First in Scholarship, Excellence in Health Education, Leadership in Health Promotion, Excellence in Service, Excellence in Health Research, Leadership in Healthy Aging, Leadership in Food Education, Leadership in Policy Advocacy, Leadership in Fitness Promotion, Leadership in Mental Health Promotion, Leadership in Wellness Entrepreneurship.