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Donations sought for Carden scholarship

Beloved Western North Carolina author, educator and storyteller Gary Carden has immortalized himself though his life’s work of preserving and promulgating some of the region’s most important fables and folklore, but now that a scholarship fund has been established at Western Carolina University, he’s helping to shape the cultural memory of future generations.

Carden is a 2006 recipient of the Brown-Hudson Award from the North Carolina Folklore Society, as well as the 2012 winner of the North Carolina Award for Literature. Carden also has an honorary doctorate from Western Carolina University. The Gary N. Carden annual scholarship was recently established there, and is seeking donations that will ultimately benefit the students of his alma mater. To make a donation, visit For more information on the scholarship, contact Jodi John Pippin, WCU director of donor relations, at 828.227.3090. 

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