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Bill McDonald Scholarship Fund

Who was William R. “Bill” McDonald, III?

Bill was the Mayor of the City of Hickory from 1981-2001 and he guided the City through one of its most notable periods of growth. He was a kind, passionate man who loved his City and loved to challenge and develop young people. Mayor McDonald always said that “challenges are just opportunities in work clothes.”

Scholarship Fund

The purpose of the Bill McDonald Scholarship Fund is to provide or assist children, ages 15 and under, with the cost of program fees and equipment costs within the Hickory Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism Department. Any child that resides within the city limits of Hickory may benefit from the scholarship fund. Potential recipients must complete an application for consideration. Recipients cannot have been expelled from school or suspended from any Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism program. To be considered for a scholarship, all deadlines associated with the application process must be met. Funds are available on a first come, first served basis as long as there are funds available. Recipients may not exceed 2 awards per calendar year. The Bill McDonald Scholarship Fund Committee will have the final decision on all awards.

Completed applications may be emailed to Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism Director Mark Seaman at