• Harvard Club of Western North Carolina

    We exist to build the community of Harvard’s University-wide alumni in WNC, to assist Harvard applicants and students from WNC, and to promote the goodwill of the University locally.

  • What We Do

    The Harvard Club of WNC has three main activities: Service, Interviewing, and Events. Each activity is led by one of our committees. We all benefit from the dedication, creativity, and expertise of our volunteer committees. All alumni in the area are invited to get involved in the activity that they find most compelling!

    Service Committee

    The Service Committee asks, "What can Harvard alumni uniquely do for the WNC community?" In considering the myriad of needs, we have chosen to support the tremendously impactful work of the WNC Yale Alumni Club.


    Our first objective is to provide focused literacy support. Reading at grade level is essential to successful education. The Harvard Club is committed to helping the children of Western North Carolina start their education with the best chances for success.


    To get involved, just Contact Us!



    Assisting and interviewing applicants is a critical part of our ongoing mission. It connects us directly to the University and allows us to help shape the future of both Harvard and WNC.


    Each year, the committee conducts local interviews of several dozen applicants and makes recommendations to the Harvard College selection committee.


    The Club also awards scholarships annually to local student(s) and donates the Harvard Book Award for outstanding students finishing their junior year of high school. 


    Members of the Interviewing Committee report that it's a meaningful way to keep in touch with the pulse of the lives of talented students from our area, and to enjoy some amazing conversations with these young men and women.

    To get involved in this rewarding activity, just To get involved, just Contact Us!

    Events Committee

    We love getting together! The Club holds several types of events regularly:

    • Visiting Harvard lecturers
    • Guest speakers
    • Social events, like watching Harvard-Yale games
    • Harvard Global Networking Events

    To get involved in hosting social, educational, and networking events, just Contact Us!


    The board of directors and Club officers help keep the club running smoothly. Your officers for 2017-18 are:

    • President - James McMahon (outgoing)
    • Vice President - Missy Sherburne
    • Treasurer - Ellen Carr
    • Secretary - Ernie Thurston

    To express an interest in serving on the board, just Contact Us!


  • Events

    Connect with your familiar friends, and meet fascinating new alumni.

    Share laughs, experiences, and stimulating conversation.

    Enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences only the Harvard Club can bring you.

  • Annual Meeting

    Sept 12, 2019

    Please save the date for a Harvard Happy Hour at the MarketPlace restaurant in downtown Asheville on Thursday, September 12th from 6-8pm. More details to come later in the summer. This will be a great chance to socialize with your fellow alums. We will be soliciting your input on future club activities and looking for volunteers to help out with all aspects of the Club—so bring your goodwill and great ideas!

  • Service Opportunities

    The Harvard Club has partnered with the local Yale Club to support various service programs. If you have an interest in getting involved...


    Contact us below to find out more!!!

  • Join

    The Club would love to have you as a member! Membership runs from July 1 to June 30, in keeping with Harvard's fiscal year. Your tax-deductible contribution covers expenses such as speakers, events, printing/postage, and technical and administrative fees. In addition, each year holds an opportunity to sponsor a Harvard Book donation.

    Harvard Book Award

    Harvard Book Award

    Given each year to one high school junior at our local WNC schools. The school selects the award recipient, and the Harvard Club of WNC supplies a book to award them. Your tax-deductible donations are used to buy the books that Harvard recommends. Purchases are made from the Harvard Coop.
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    Harvard Club of WNC Annual membership

    Harvard Club of WNC Annual membership

    The Harvard Club of Western North Carolina exists to build the community of Harvard’s University-wide alumni in WNC, to assist Harvard applicants and students from WNC, and to promote the goodwill of the University locally. Your tax-deductible donations are used to cover any losses on social or programmatic events, and donate to the Club's portion of the Harvard College Scholarship Fund.
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  • Drop us a line

    Interested in joining or getting involved? Got a question about the Club? 


    Send us an email using this handy form!

  • Get in touch!

    We'd love to see you, meet you, hear from you, answer your questions!