Percy B. Ferebee Endowment

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Mission

To award college/university scholarships to worthy North Carolina students and to support charitable, scientific, and literary projects, and in particular, governmental and civic projects designed to further the cultural, social, economic, and physical well-being of residents of certain counties in North Carolina and the Cherokee Indian Reservation in western North Carolina.

Application deadlines

September 30

Program areas

Arts, culture, and humanities
Environment, animals
Education
Health
Human services
Public/society benefit

States served

North Carolina

Program limitations

The foundation will not fund grants for salary expenses.

Geographic limitations

Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties of North Carolina, and the Cherokee Indian Reservation in western North Carolina.

Trustees

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Committee members

Jim Carringer
Patsy Ingram
James Conley
Frela Owl Beck
Janet Stiles
Betty Sandlin
Max Holland

The mission and goals of the Percy B. Ferebee Endowment are to support charitable, scientific, and literary projects, and in particular, governmental and civic projects designed to further the cultural, social, economic, and physical well-being of residents of certain counties of North Carolina, and the Cherokee Indian Reservation in western North Carolina.

Grants are also awarded in the form of scholarships to assist worthy and talented young men and women who reside in said counties pursuing their college or university degree within the state of North Carolina. For information regarding these scholarships or to apply for a scholarship, please visit www.csascholars.org.

Requirements

  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.
  • Grant recipients are selected from the following geographic focus areas: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties of North Carolina or in the Cherokee Indian Reservation in western North Carolina.

Limitations

The foundation typically does not fund requests for salary expenses.

Average giving

Average grant size: $5,000
Average number of grants per year: 8

Application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by September 30 for a November meeting.

Communications

Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission.

Required agreements and reports

Except as otherwise specified when a grant is awarded, a progress report must be submitted within 6 months after receiving funds.

About the Foundation

Percy B. Ferebee, a citizen and resident of Cherokee County, North Carolina, established the Percy B. Ferebee Endowment under his Last Will and Testament.

Scholarship grants are an important component of Mr. Ferebee’s legacy through his endowment. In addition, grants are awarded to support charitable, scientific, and literary projects, and in particular, governmental and civic projects designed to further the cultural, social, economic, and physical well-being of residents of Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties of North Carolina and the Cherokee Indian Reservation in western North Carolina.

Mr. Ferebee owned and operated the Nantahala Talc and Limestone quarry for many years. In 1970, he donated most of his Nantahala gorge property for public enjoyment, while retaining provisions for continued mining operations. The “Ferebee Memorial in Nantahala Gorge” is recognized as a scenic jewel and whitewater rafting destination.

Mr. Ferebee died on December 30, 1970. He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence Flood Ferebee, and his son, James B. Ferebee, II.