NAACP Announces Carle Wilson Fund For Education And The Arts
Last updated 3/31/2021 at 4:43pm
The NAACP of Transylvania County is proud to announce that it will grant the first annual scholarship from the Carle Wilson Fund for Education and the Arts. While the fund will give precedence to applications for study in music or other artistic fields, such as drama, the fund will consider all applications from young African Americans (ages 15-35) living in Transylvania County who are seeking to further their education.
This scholarship fund has been established in memory of Carle Wilson, Jr., a distinguished and beloved member of the Brevard community. Wilson was a scholar, an actor and an accomplished musician who valued quality education and cherished the place of music and the arts in the life of the people.
Scholarship applicants should contact the Carle Wilson Fund for Education and the Arts via the NAACP website (transnaacp.org) or at NAACP, PO Box 303, Brevard, NC 28712.
Completed applications must be received by June 1. The winner of the $1000 grant will be announced at a celebration in July.
Wilson was active in the Brevard Little Theater in the 1960s and 1970s as an actor and director and was the first to bring live theater to Brevard’s black community through a production of “A Raisin in the Sun” at the Mary C. Jenkins Community Center in the early 1970s. “Raisin” was so well received that it was followed by other productions. Carle was responsible for other BLT productions such as “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Little Foxes,” but his love of theater didn’t stop there. He proudly hosted movie night at Silvermont, featuring classic movies, mostly silent and in black and white.
Carle also loved music, especially classical and jazz. He sang with the Transylvania County Choral Society, the Brevard Chamber Singers, and the Reynolds-Miller Choral Society in Asheville. His longest singing tenure was in the choir at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Brevard, where he contributed his rich baritone for over forty years.
He was an avid reader and lifelong student. He enjoyed being a substitute teacher and participating in the Transylvania County School’s Science Fair as a judge. He was a veteran, having served in the US Air Force, and didn’t shy away from civic duties. He enjoyed being actively involved in local elections as a precinct judge and also served on the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees.
This fund has been established by friends of Carle Wilson. People are encouraged to send donations to the Carle Wilson Scholarship Fund, NAACP, PO Box 303, Brevard, NC 28712.