The Education Committee's primary focus is to provide a scholarship to a Pisgah High School graduating senior. In 2019, the scholarship amount increased to $1000.   The scholarship is based on accomplishment and need.  BRCO has granted scholarships to the following individuals:

2024- Autumn Woodley

2023 - Lettie Jo Watson

2022 - Gabe Nussman

2021 -  Sarah Mease

2020 - Lilly Ensley

2019 - Gracie Yeargin

2018 -  Syndey Smith

2017 -  Rhiannon Goodwin

2016 – Cassie Parris

2015 – Kaitlin Frazier

2014 – Olivia Burnette

2013 – Daniel Marsh

2012 -  Noah Henson


BRCO/Dave Curphey STEM Award

$50 each presented to the 5th grade students at Bethel Elementary School who achieved the highest scores on the end-of-year testing.

2024 Award Winners:

Eli Hidalgo- Highest Reading Average

Korbin Knox - Most Growth in Reading

Harper Golden - Highest Math Average

Sean Burnette- Most Growth in Math

2023 Award Winners:

Emerie Underwood - Reading Growth

Triniti Cornwell - Reading Growth

Jaylon Thomassin - Highest Score in Reading

Christian Swilling - Math Growth

Janee Lancaster - Highest Math Score

2022 Award Winners:

Fain Burnette and Victoria Bauer - Highest Score in Reading

Arley Messer and Lille Cordova - Highest Score in Math

2021 Award Winners:

Kampbell Kruk, Jackson Rathbone, and Raven Williams for Highest Score in Science

Kampbell Kruk, Layla Melton for Highest Score in Math

Aidon Norton for Most Growth in Science

Khloe Norton for Most Growth in Math

2019 Award Winners:

Nina Bright

Cooper Kruk

Matthew Mehaffey

2018 Award Winners:

Mayumi Caminiti - Mrs. Schreiber's class - scored 99 percentile

Hampton Shipman - Mrs. Myers's class

Devin Valezquez - Mrs. Marshall's class

            Both with 99 percentile


BRCO David Curphy Citizenship Award

Granted annually to a Bethel Middle School graduating 8th grader selected by the faculty.

2024 Award Winner:  Noah Warren

2023 Award Winner:  Rosie Burgess

2022 Award Winner:  Addison Messer

2021 Award Winner:  Alexis Messer

2019 Award Winner:  Michelle Arrington

2018 Award Winner:  Diana Pinta

2017 Award Winner:  Abigail Wood


Program Speakers

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.  


Sponsor Programs

Committees and leaders in the organization have represented BRCO as speakers and mentors to schools, non-profits, and other organizations.


Educational Products

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.  


Journey Scholarship

The Journey Scholarship recipients are awarded by WNC Communities.  2018 was the first year that students advocated by BRCO have received the Journey Scholarship

2021 -Brooks Valentine

2020- Lilly Ensley

2019 - Emma Sorrells ($1,500)

2018 - Bella Sorrells ($1,000)

2018 - Joseph Putnam ($500)

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Emma Sorrells, 2019 Journey Scholarship recipient, is pictured in the center.  (Photo courtesy of WNC Communities)