Verne and Dorothea Rhoades Scholarship

In memory of Verne Rhoades and his wife of 53 years, Dorothea Weaver, who together gave their hearts and energies to the betterment of Western North Carolina.

Verne came from his native Missouri in 1910 to attend the first forestry school in North America, which was located on the Biltmore Estate near Asheville. In time he became the supervisor of the brand new Pisgah National Forest and government purchaser of land for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Cradle of Forestry Education Centre was a project of his later years.

Dorothea descended from a long line of pioneers in Buncombe County. Her father built the first hydroelectric power plants to serve the Asheville area. Although his premature death meant that she had to return home from her first year at Converse College to take care of her mother, she continued to believe in the power of education to transform lives. She helped found the Asheville Country Day School, was active for many years in the Asheville Book Review Club, and advocated for the small schools located in the coves and mountain valleys around Asheville.

This scholarship, which was originally endowed by Dorothea Rhoades in memory of her husband Verne and later added to by their children, is a fitting tribute to a stalwart couple who loved this country, its natural beauty and its promising young people.