Students from North Carolina planning to study at the undergraduate or graduate level at Virginia Tech are eligible, with a preference given to a student from Watauga County.
The scholarship will be awarded to a student who exhibits academic excellence, leadership, personal effort and good citizenship. Financial need will be considered if there are equally matched applicants, with the student with greater need being awarded the scholarship.
Scholarships for undergraduate study are awarded annually to graduating high school seniors. Scholarships for graduate study shall be awarded to any entering or existing graduate student.
Dr. Donald W. Bentley was a Watauga County native and lifelong educator who died in 2005. Born in 1935, Bentley attended Blowing Rock School and Appalachian State University. He was a member of the US Air Force, and earned his doctorate in education at Virginia Tech.
During his career, he served as principal of both Blowing Rock School and Watauga High School, assistant superintendent of Watauga County Schools and superintendent of the Cherokee County School System.
The scholarship was established by Dr. Bentley’s spouse, Audrey Bentley. Mrs. Bentley died in 2019 and her wishes were to honor her husband’s high regard for and loyalty to Virginia Tech.
Mr. David H. Harman
March 15, 2024
Apply by using the NCCF Universal Scholarships Application in the NCCF Scholarships Portal.