The William “Bill” C. Harrell Memorial Endowment was established at Haywood Community College by Bill’s sister Cassie Harrell. Bill retired from the College after over 25 years of service as a math and natural resources instructor. He died in September 2016.

The endowment is for students in the associate in arts program with preference given to part-time students who are not eligible for federal or state aid.

According to Cassie, Bill recognized that math was important to the success of students and through his instruction, he wanted to ensure they had basic math skills. “Bill was very thorough and patient with his students. He took extra measure to help them. He really cared about them.”

For these reasons, Cassie wanted to honor her brother’s wishes by starting this endowment. 

Like many other community college students, Cassie returned to school as a middle-aged student. “I know what a struggle it is for those who have families and jobs to be able to pay for school. It is my hope that this endowment can help those who really want to improve their life.”

For more information about the William “Bill” C. Harrell Memorial Endowment or any of HCC’s other scholarships, please call 828-627-4544 or email