Scholarships and 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. Recipients must be full-time students majoring in Health and Wellness Promotion and residents of North Carolina. 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 dependent upon the available funds. Awards are based on need and merit and are available for continuing students only. The application process begins at the end of the fall semester with applications due in January and recipients notified in early February.

To apply, complete the Lehrer Family Scholarship application.

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. This scholarship is awarded to one or more full-time, off-campus, non-traditional age student(s) who show promise in the field of health care or health administration. In the spring semester, departmental faculty review nominations and award this scholarship based on merit and the above listed qualifications. The Bushey Scholarship is available for continuing students only. The nomination process begins at the end of the fall semester with self-nomination forms due in January and recipients notified in early February.

To apply, complete the Johanna Lane Bushey Scholarship self-nomination form.

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. This prestigious  $2,000 award will be given to at least one student for the upcoming academic year.

To be eligible for consideration you must:
1) Be a full-time student majoring in HWP with Junior/rising Senior status (1 or 2 semesters to be completed in the coming academic year)
2) Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
3) Be nominated by a student, faculty or staff member
4) Show promise in the field of primary prevention in NC
5) Articulate in writing (when requested, after nomination) how you are supporting "making the healthy choice the easy choice" in your life

Students are nominated for this scholarship by the Health & Wellness Promotion faculty, staff, and/or by HWP students. The nomination process begins towards the end of the fall semester, and is announced by email. If you would like to nominate a student for this scholarship please complete this nomination form on or before December 1st.

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 write a 1-2 page essay in support of their nomination. Essays will be due the first Friday of spring semester classes (January 18th, 2019) and the scholarship recipient will be notified in early February.

Latin Honors

Universitywide 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.

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.

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.

National Wellness Institute Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) Designation

The UNC Asheville Health and Wellness Promotion program has obtained Academic Program Accreditation status from the National Wellness Institute Council on Wellness Accreditation and Education (CWAE). The CWAE recognizes undergraduate degree programs that prepare individuals to enter professions in wellness and health promotion. Accreditation status is granted to programs that meet or exceed stated criteria of educational quality.

Students graduating from a CWAE accredited program are eligible to receive Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) designation, a recognized credential in the field. Applications for CWP must be received within 24 months of graduation from the accredited program. The department will send graduating HWP seniors a reminder email at the end of the semester, or students may go to the National Wellness Institute website for more information on how to apply.