Weaverville Early College Student Wins $26,000 Scholarship

Staff Report

Weaverville  —  A local student has won a $26,000 scholarship for continuing her studies. Madelyn Schmidt, a senior at Buncombe County Early College, has been named as a Blue & Gold scholar at UNC Greensboro. Madelyn was chosen from more than 800 high achieving applicants and will receive the scholarship ($6,500 per year for her four years at UNCG).

“I’m proud of all our Blue & Gold scholars. Their hard work and commitment to excellence exemplifies the spirit of the students here at UNC Greensboro,” said Chris Keller, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UNC Greensboro. “These scholarships are truly life-changing. I’m thrilled that these students have this opportunity and can’t wait to see where their academic journey leads.”

Blue & Gold scholarship recipients are selected by a committee of admissions recruitment staff based on their leadership roles, community service, honors and awards, and academic record. Madelyn is recognized among the top applicants to UNC Greensboro this school year.

Madelyn has done extensive service work in the Asheville community, been on the honor roll all 4 years of high school, and traveled to China & Ecuador. This fall she has been admitted to UNC Greensboro to study Speech Pathology and Audiology.

About the Blue & Gold Scholarship
Blue & Gold Scholarships are awarded to outstanding first-year applicants at UNC Greensboro. This year, UNCG’s admissions office awarded 103 scholarships valued at more than $1 million across four years. To be eligible, students must meet UNCG’s priority deadline and submit a supplemental essay. Additional information about the Blue & Gold Scholarship program can be found at

About UNC Greensboro
Nationally recognized for academic excellence and value, UNC Greensboro is 1 of only 50 doctoral institutions distinguished by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 as 1 of the original 3 UNC system institutions, today UNC Greensboro has 20,000+ students, 125+ undergraduate areas of study, 100+ master’s and doctoral programs, and 17 Division I athletic teams (go Spartans!). Find your way here.

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