Ronno Cooke Memorial Scholarship

1/23/2020 update – We are currently updating this page for the 2020-2021 school year. Stay tuned!


We are currently accepting applications from WPCC for the 2019-2020 school year. Please apply by July 31st, 2019.

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. 

Students will be awarded the scholarship based on:

  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • An essay about your educational 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.



  • July 31st, 2019– Deadline for submitting scholarship applications.


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

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


Previous winners were announced here.