The Education Committee's primary focus is to provide a $500 scholarship to a Pisgah High School graduating senior. The scholarship is based on accomplishment and need. BRCO has granted scholarships to the following individuals:
2012 - Noah Henson
2013 – Daniel Marsh
2014 – Olivia Burnette
2015 – Kaitlin Frazier
2016 – Cassie Parris
2017 - Rhiannon Goodwin
2018 - Syndey Smith
BRCO/Dave Curphey Math Award
$50 each presented to the male and female 5th grade student at Bethel Elementary School who achieved the highest scores on the end-of-grade math tests.
2018 Award Winners:
Girl - Mayumi Caminiti - Mrs. Schreiber's class - scored 99 percentile
Boy(s) Hampton Shipman - Mrs. Myers's class
Devin Valezquez - Mrs. Marshall's class
Both with 99 percentile
Granted annually to a Bethel Middle School graduating 8th grader selected by the faculty.
2017 Award Winner: Abigail Wood
2018 Award Winner: Diana Pinta
BRCO hosts speakers at six meetings a year in order to educate members and visitors about a variety of topics of interest to members. Programs begin at 7 p.m. on meeting night at the community center.
BRCO participants attend workshops throughout the year that educate members about topics that are relevant to the organization's mission.
Committees and leaders in the organization have represented BRCO as speakers and mentors to schools, non-profits, and other organizations.
The Historic Preservation Committee and the Rural Preservation Committee have produced a total of four DVDs, two CD's, eighteen art prints, a flood mitigation plan, power point presentations, six books, and various brochures to educate about local history and the conservation of the rural landscape. To learn about BRCO's educational products, please view the Historic Preservation and Land Preservation headings.
The Journey Scholarship recipients are awarded by WNC Communities. 2018 was the first year that students advocated by BRCO have received the Journey Scholarship
2018 - Bella Sorrells ($1,000)
2018 - Joseph Putnam ($500)
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Bella Sorrells, 2018 Journey Scholarship recipient, is pictured in the center.