2023 John and Ruth Blue Scholarship awarded to Gwendolyn Anderson

Watauga High School student Gwendolyn Anderson was awarded the 2023 John and Ruth Blue Scholarship. She is the 22nd recipient of this scholarship, which this year awarded $6,000 and is renewable annually for up to four years.

Gwendolyn AndersonA recognized leader in school organizations and athletics, Anderson served as treasurer of the Watauga High School Student Council and captained the school’s cross country
and track teams. As president of the Sustainability Club, Anderson led efforts to obtain a grant from N.C. Green
Power to install a solar photovoltaic system at the school.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. Anderson will attend Bates Collegein Lewiston, Maine.

The Blue Scholarship is administered by the North Carolina Community Foundation. Established in 2001 by John and
Ruth Blue, the scholarship has awarded more than $430,000 to Watauga County students and is one of the largest scholarships available in the county. Recipients are selected based on academic excellence, physical vigor and activity, and leadership in the school, church and community. To learn more about the scholarship and its founders, visit nccommunityfoundation.org/BlueScholarship.

The Blue Scholarship Endowment is a fund of the Watauga County Community Foundation, an affiliate of NCCF.

About the North Carolina Community Foundation

The North Carolina Community Foundation is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has administered more than $217 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $440 million in assets, NCCF sustains more than 1,200 endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships.

NCCF partners with a network of affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance across the state. An important component of NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at the local, regional and national levels. To learn more, visit nccommunityfoundation.org.

About the Watauga County Community Foundation

The Watauga County Community Foundation is an affiliate of NCCF that has served the community for more than three decades. It is led by a local volunteer advisory board that helps build community assets through the creation of permanent endowments, makes grants and leverages leadership – all for the benefit of Watauga County.  To learn more, visit nccommunityfoundation.org/Watauga.

Media Contacts

Hannah Hogewood, NCCF Marketing & Communications Manager
hhogewood@nccommunityfoundation.org; 919-256-6901 (direct)

Brian Crutchfield, Board Member, Watauga County Community Foundation and Blue Scholarship Endowment Committee
crutchfieldbrian@gmail.com; 828-773-5318 (cell); 828-264-7960 (home)