Ronno Cooke Memorial Scholarship

Previous winners were announced here.

The Morganton Humanist Alliance Ronno Cooke Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship for $500 awarded to selected Burke County students who will be attending Western Piedmont Community College in the Fall Semester immediately following scholarship award. The funds will be divided evenly between upcoming Fall and Spring semesters. Two scholarships will be awarded for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Students will be awarded the scholarship based on:

  • Financial need
  • Employment status
  • Academic performance
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • References
  • An essay on how Humanism will relate to future goals


The Morganton Humanist Alliance is a secular support and community action group for those who value compassion, rationality, and critical thinking. We are a chapter of the American Humanist Association.


Ronno Cooke was a Burke County humanitarian who exemplified humanist values. Mr. Cooke was an artist and educator involved in conservation, green technology, rehabilitation, and progressive journalism.



  • June 22, 2018 – Deadline for submitting scholarship applications
  • August 1, 2018 – Scholarships will be awarded and funds will be forwarded directly to WPCC Financial Aid Office.

Click here to download the cover sheet.


There are two options for applying, print/mail or online. Please save yourself some time and only choose one!

  1. Print and complete the application and mail to:
    Morganton Humanist Alliance
    PO Box 321
    Morganton, NC 28680
  2. Complete the application online.