2022-2023 Price-Deverick Teacher Scholarship Application now open!

The Watauga Education Foundation, in close partnership with Blue Ridge Energy, is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Price-Deverick Teacher Scholarship.

Recognizing the importance of professional growth, allocations have been awarded annually by Blue Ridge Energy since 1993 to local educators to promote the development of strategies and skills to turn into classroom results. The Watauga Education Foundation joined the initiative in 1997 as a part of their work to raise and distribute funds to local students and teachers.

“The Watauga Education Foundation is grateful for our partnership with local businesses, like Blue Ridge Energy” said Erika Hudspeth, President of the Watauga Education Foundation.  “Together, we are supporting teachers as they seek to continue their own learning and improve the quality of their teaching.”

The Price-Deverick Teacher Scholarship was developed in honor of the late Barbara Deverick and Gwyn B. Price, former Blue Ridge Energy Membership Corporation leaders and champions of education.

“We are proud to continue our commitment to education by awarding the Price-Deverick Scholarship to a local educator in Watauga County and honoring former Blue Ridge Energy leaders Barbara Deverick and Gwyn B. Price” said Tasha Rountree, Director of Community Relations for Blue Ridge Energy.

Since the 1987 inception, the Watauga Education Foundation has raised and distributed more than $1 million for students and teachers, with over $60,000 specifically dedicated to Price-Deverick Scholarship Grant Recipients.

Submissions will be accepted through April 1st, 2022, and those interested can access the Price-Deverick Scholarship Application here.

2019 Watauga Education Foundation president, Dr Don Presnell and board member, Wendy Jessen flank Stephanie Ballance, Genal West and Donna Raichle at the Price-Deverick Scholarship for Teachers presentation during the April 2019 Board of Education Meeting.

2021 Scholarship Recipients include:

Genal West, Watauga High School
Denise Presnell, Hardin Park School
Sandra Ruppert, Green Valley School

The Watauga Education Foundation is a local non-profit comprised of a hard-working volunteer board with passion for supporting educators who foster a love of learning and sponsor community-oriented events that sustain students’ wonder, enthusiasm, and perseverance.  Those interested in supported the WEF mission are encouraged to contact President Erika Hudspeth at Watauga Education Foundation wef@wataugaschools.org.

Attention Watauga County School System Teachers, Classroom Grant Online Application is Open!

All faculty, including all certified teachers, principals and assistant principals, guidance counselors, social workers and media specialists, and after-school site directors in grades PreK-12 employed by Watauga County Schools are eligible to apply for projects that will directly benefit students through innovative and creative teaching methods. Granted funds are awarded in early November.  Learn more…

Apply Now!

Deadline to submit applications is Friday, October 15, 2021 at 5:00pm.

WEF President, Erika Hudspeth, announces 2021 Shooting Stars Visual Arts Showcase

Stop by the Jones House during the month of April to see Shooting Stars artwork featured in the Mazie Jones Gallery – a celebration of local WCS student art! There is no performance portion or art reception this year but we are proud to showcase the work our teachers and students have put into visual creative endeavors! Visit the Jones House online at www.joneshouse.org for their COVID-19 guidelines.