Shay Barnes Starnes Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is created in memory of Shay Barnes Starnes. Shay’s love for music started at an early age when she would sing to anyone who would listen. She loved to play the piano and pick the banjo, but she loved people most of all. Shay graduated from Western Carolina University and earned her master’s degree in music education from UNCG. She was the chorus teacher for seventeen years at Granit Falls Middle School. Her students loved her dearly and she loved them in return. This scholarship was established by Shay’s friends and family to help continue her legacy of giving through music.

• Graduating Senior from Haywood County Schools
• Financial need
• Preference given to students pursuing a degree in music education
• Involvement in school and community service
• Must attend accredited community/technical college or university

The Shay Barnes Starnes scholarship committee will make a recommendation of a recipient to the Haywood County Schools Foundation. The selection process shall consist of a review and evaluation of the scholarship application and possibly a personal interview. The Board of Directors of the Foundation will make the final decision on the recipient of this scholarship. The Board’s decision shall be final. The Haywood County Schools Foundation, Inc., a tax-exempt charitable foundation, will administer the scholarship fund.

Payments of scholarship awards will be made at the beginning of the school year or at the beginning of each semester. Checks will be made payable to the school for students account and will be forwarded to the financial aid office.