Since 1967, NC Beautiful has played an important role in environmental education for this state and in supporting organizations in their beautification efforts. NC Beautiful has implemented several statewide programs to provide real-world experience in protecting, preserving, and maintaining the quality of our natural resources and the environment. Through the generous support of corporations and individuals, we have:
- Awarded grants of empowerment to K-12 teachers to create hands-on environmental programs in their classrooms across North Carolina.
- Awarded close to 300,000 azalea plants to over 3,500 non-profit organizations statewide.
- Enhanced the natural beauty of hundreds of acres on the grounds of schools, churches, parks, greenways, public rights-of-way, and community and senior centers across the state.
- Awarded graduate and undergraduate scholarships to students in all corners of the state of North Carolina in order to raise environmental responsibility and awareness.
Provides $1,000 grants to NC teachers to reward their creativity fostering environmental stewardship, leadership, and awareness and initiating a sense of community service.
Awards funding to four of the best and brightest college students. These $3,000 undergraduate grants allow students to pursue research projects that let them explore creative solutions to environmental challenges.
This $5,000 endowment helps Graduate students across North Carolina as they search for causes and potential solutions to real-world environmental challenges facing our state and prepares them for the critical role they’ll play in protecting our state’s future environmental quality.
Each year, NC Beautiful and sponsor WRAL-TV 5 partner to make thousands of azalea plants available to non-profit organizations that wish to beautify their grounds. 2015 marked the 30th Anniversary of the Azalea Celebration.