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Memorie King Scholarship

"There are two kinds of people: those as you know them better your love increases, and those whose familiarity lessens your attraction. Memorie King was the ne plus ultra of the first group. There were people she avoided but no one with whom she fought; she had no enemies but went through life gathering friends. Indeed her radiant self-confidence made her a leader despite herself, but only by example, as an aside to her modest quest to accomplish."
~Loch Hoffman

The Memorie King Scholarship is made possible by a generous gift from Loch Hoffman, Memorie's husband and life partner, of Burke County, N.C. The purpose of this gift is to encourage and support North Carolinians who own a business based on both the healing and culinary properties of plants (herbs) and believe that attending Wild Herb Weekend will only serve to enhance their work.


Anne Memorie King, born January 24, 1955, daughter of the late Bruce Rowan King, Jr. and Shirley Quinn King of Richmond, Va, left this world to join her spiritual sisters in faith on January 8, 2014.

Memorie served as a board member of NCHA. Both she and Loch operated a Community Supported Agriculture organization in Burke County. In addition, she supplied herbs and fruits to individuals and businesses in Western, N.C. Memorie earned a B.S. from N.C State University in Wildlife studies with honors. She was a systematic botanist and a passionate wildcrafter. More than anything she was in love with nature; the mountains and the ocean and everything in between. She was an accomplished diver and climber. 

Applicants – Criteria for Application

Recipients will be chosen through a review committee. 

  • Be a business owner in North Carolina

  • Business must produce natural products that meet NCHA’s outline of business membership/owners – that of making and using only natural products that are plant-related and/or the growing of herbs both culinary and medicinal

  • Or, be a student of a North Carolina herbal educational institution which meets guidelines as specified by the American Herbalist Guild


One recipient will be awarded a weekend stay at Wild Herb Weekend 2024. We request that the recipient serve a 1-year term as a volunteer on the Board of NCHA.


To be eligible to apply for the Memorie King Scholarship, you must:

  • Fill out the application form below. Indicate if you are applying for the scholarship or the internship.

  • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance

  • Individual determination to succeed 

  • Future goals and plans to achieve them


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