Carolina Day School Announces Transformative Gift for Scholarships

Building on generations of affiliation with and leadership and support of Asheville Country Day School (ACDS) and Carolina Day School (CDS), George H. V. Cecil has established a scholarship in honor and remembrance of his wife, Nancy Owen Cecil, that will provide students in western North Carolina access to a Carolina Day education.

The Nancy Owen Cecil Scholarship Award, funded through a permanent endowment recently established by George Cecil at The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, is the largest scholarship created by a donor in the school’s history. The renewable four-year scholarship is for new students with financial need who have met the school’s admission criteria for ninth grade. The scholarship covers the determined need for tuition and extracurricular expenses. Recipients will be high-achieving and academically motivated, with leadership potential and the motivation to achieve the best in all they do.

“This gift is an incredible act of generosity that will enable CDS to offer an education of excellence to more outstanding young people in our area,” said Interim Head of School Peggy Daniels. “Mr. Cecil and his family are making an impact on CDS and students that will be felt for generations, and we are honored to remember and celebrate Mrs. Cecil in this way with them.”

Nancy Owen Cecil (1930-2016) was in the first class of students to attend ACDS—a predecessor school of Carolina Day—when it opened in 1936. Nancy and George have six children, all of whom attended ACDS. Several of their grandchildren attended Carolina Day School. Nancy was a lifelong ACDS and CDS supporter, and a beloved part of the Carolina Day School community. She was also committed to life-long service on behalf of the people of western North Carolina.

“Our family has a long history with Asheville Country Day School and Carolina Day, and we want to honor Nancy by establishing a permanent way to ensure students for generations can benefit from the same excellent education she, our children, and our grandchildren received,” said George Cecil. “She would be thrilled to make the CDS education and experience possible for others.”

The first opportunity for a student to receive the Nancy Owen Cecil Scholarship Award will be for the 2020-21 school year. A selection committee, which includes a representative of the George H.V. Cecil family, The Community Foundation of WNC, and CDS, will choose the award recipients. For information about the Nancy Owen Cecil Scholarship or applying to CDS, contact Carolina Day School, 828-407-4442.