The Michael Armstrong Memorial Scholarship

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This campaign ended on May 13, 2023, but you can still make a gift to University of North Carolina Asheville by clicking here!
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An Anonymous DonorFormer Faculty of Michael Armstrong matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $3,000
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Thanks to the generosity of all who contributed to the Michael Armstrong Memorial Scholarship and helped us exceed our first goal of $30,000. Thank you!

To expand the impact of Michael's scholarship, our new goal is $80,000. Once the new goal is reached, we will have raised enough money for the endowed scholarship fund to produce four scholarships each academic year with one recipient in each academic class! What an outstanding goal and way to honor our beloved friend, mentor, and teacher Michael Armstrong '01.

Please help us reach this new goal and continue Michael's legacy of supporting students.

Michael Armstrong (drama and education, '01) was a man of great energy, positivity, and passion.

He came to UNC Asheville as a first-generation college student with a hunger to learn and lead. It was on UNC Asheville's campus that Michael discovered his greater purpose – to serve as a public educator. He went on to devote nearly 20 years to empowering students to envision the difference an education would make in their lives.

With heavy hearts, we said goodbye to Michael on May 4, 2019. But his spirit and legacy live on with his beloved wife, Tiffany (environmental studies, '99), ten-year-old son, Fisher, and all of us whose lives he impacted. 

To celebrate the significant impact Michael made on so many lives, his friends and family have established The Michael Armstrong Memorial Scholarship at UNC Asheville. The scholarship will be awarded to first-generation students, who share Michael's eagerness to learn and make a difference.

Give today to help us endow this scholarship in Michael's honor, so it can support students in perpetuity and continue Michael's legacy. 

Join your fellow alumni and friends to pay it forward to the next generation of UNC Asheville students on behalf of this great man.

Thank you and an exciting update!

Thanks to your generosity, we surpassed our $25,000 goal to endow the Michael Armstrong Memorial Scholarship! Together, we have ensured that Michael's scholarship will support students in perpetuity.

Now, you can help reach our stretch goal of $30,000, which enables UNC Asheville to award the scholarship to a first-generation student this fall. 

To inspire alumni and friends to participate in achieving our stretch goal, Ryan and Terese Southern, dear friends of Michael and Tiffany Armstrong, have pledged a $500 gift if 200 donors give to this campaign. 

We have 22 days left to unlock this challenge gift and hit our stretch goal. Make your gift today and spread the word on your social media pages and encourage others to join you in support of this important scholarship!

1729 days ago by Shannon Dale
New $3,000 matching gift from UNC Asheville professors

Inspired by the outpouring of support from alumni and friends, a group of UNC Asheville professors came together to help us go above and beyond our Michael Armstrong Memorial Scholarship fundraising goal.

Starting today, they will match all gifts up to $3,000! That means your gift doubles when you give right now. 

Join some of your favorite UNC Asheville professors including Sandra Byrd, Patricia Snoyer Black, Laura Facciponti Bond, Karen Cole, Brenda Buchanan Hopper, Mark Sidelnick, and Scott Walters, and make your gift today.

1739 days ago by Shannon Dale

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