• 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 in their work with Hall Fletcher Elementary.


    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 Hall Fletcher 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 2015-16 are:

    • President - James McMahon
    • Vice President - Fred Smith
    • Treasurer - Ellen Carr
    • Secretary - Ernie Thurston

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


  • French Broad Chocolate Factory Tour

    Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


    Come join your Ivy friends - new and familiar - for an All-Ivy tour of Asheville's own French Broad Chocolate Factory and Tasting Room! Learn all about the process they use to create their heavenly world-famous chocolate. The tour includes teaching us about "...the entire process from cacao harvest and fermentation to chocolate bar, as well as backstage access of our facility, and an in-depth guided tasting of our chocolate."

    We only have room for 25 on this tour, so RSVP soon. Unlike in the past, we'll collect no money online, but be sure to bring $10 with you to pay French Broad for the tour and tasting. Please note that this is not their retail location, it's their factory at 21 Buxton Avenue - see Google map for details.

  • Service Opportunities

    Hall Fletcher Elementary (HFE) is located in West Asheville (just north of Carrier Park). This high poverty, Title I public school serves 380 students (grades PK-6) – with 70% of the students in the free or reduced lunch program and 17% exceptional children. The school is a living example of celebrating the richness of diverse economics, ethnicity, and inclusive demographics. 


    The Harvard Club has partnered with the local Yale Club to support Hall Fletcher, in particular their early childhood literacy programs. The school administration is committed to matching volunteer skills with school needs. 


    Contact us below to find out more!!!

  • Join the Club!

    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, and to donate to the scholarship fund.

  • 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!