On February 8, 2015, Winston-Salem columnist, Scott Sexton, published an article in the Winston-Salem Journal that highlighted some of the details and the history of the RJR Class of 1968's Memorial Scholarship Fund (which is administered by the Winston-Salem Foundation). This scholarship originated because of the heroics, leading to his own death, of one of the more popular members of the Class of 1968, Ed Gannaway. Presently (as of June 1, 2017), the Fund’s balance is an amazing $374,496...which is believed to be the largest scholarship program of its kind in the country created by one graduating class! To quickly read that article: click here (*).
At present, the Fund awards an annual scholarship in the amount of $11,000 (paid via four $2,750 yearly installments) to an RJR graduating senior. The additional $100,000 will allow future recipients to receive $14,000! To go to this Scholarship's website, click here (*).
Below are pictures and very brief bios on the 19 recipients of the Scholarship (as of May 2017).
1999: Tsz-Yin (Jeremy) So
Jeremy attended Winston-State State his freshman year. He then transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill, and majored in pharmacy. He became a pediatric clinical pharmacist, and has spent time lecturing as an Assistant Professor. He has had articles published in various medical journals, and he serves as an online consultant for one of the pediatric websites.
2000: Leslie Clark
Leslie attended Meredith College.
2001: Ellen Gwin
Ellen is the daughter of graduates of Reynolds High School. She attended Roanoke College her freshman year, then transferred to Appalachian State U, where she double-majored in journalism and photography. She now owns her own photography studio in Boone.
2002: Anna Ledbetter
Anna graduated from Florida State University in 2007 with a double major in International Affairs and Spanish. She first worked as an Assistant Testing Administrator at FSU’s Testing Center. She then worked as an English teacher at the English Language Institute in Zhengzhou, China. She then became an English Language Teacher at the Yellow River Science and Technology College in Zhengzhou.
2004: Seema Banger
Seema graduated from UNC-Charlotte in 2008, with a B.S. in biology and psychology and a minor in chemistry. She graduated from the School of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. She then began her career at Rite Aid in Winston-Salem.
2005: Marco Mata
At graduation, Marco said his ambition was to be an architect. He planned to attend Forsyth Tech to prepare for transfer to NC State. He graduated as an honors student from Forsyth Tech in May, 2007, with an Associates Degree in Science. He attended Forsyth Tech for five semesters, while working weekends and summers to save money for his university tuition. He then attended NC State U. and graduated with a with a BS degree in Civil Engineering.
2006: Trey Miller
Trey attended the UVA, where he ran track and cross country (winning an ACC championship in the latter). He graduated in 2010 with a major in Foreign Affairs. He then moved to Houston, and worked with Select Energy, first as a Financial Analyst and then as Assistant Director of Corporate Development. After getting married, he moved to Chapel Hill to pursue an MBA degree at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business.
2007: Tim Hairston
Tim graduated from Rutgers in 2011 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Sport Studies and a minor in Psychology. He then served for two years as a Team Leader with the National Civilian Community Corps of AmeriCorps. He and his 11-member team (ages 18-24) worked throughout the Southeast on service projects such as neighborhood revitalization, education, and infrastructure rebuilding. He later moved to New York City to work as an Associate Product Manager for DBRS, Inc., a credit rating agency. He is a donor to the scholarship program.
2008: Mona Xiao
Mona graduated from Duke with a double major in Neuroscience and Evolutionary Anthropology. She then worked in Wisconsin for a year with Epic Systems, a software company specializing in healthcare. Then she returned to N.C. to enter med school at UNC.
2009: Terell Lamont Kirby
Terell graduated from UNC-Charlotte with an honors degree in business. He was also awarded the University’s Distinguished Leadership Medal and was named the Outstanding Senior by the Black Student Union. United Black Professionals, the campus organization he led as President, was named the Outstanding Student Organization of the Year. He was then hired as a Project Manager with Bank of America in Charlotte, in the area of Consumer Banking, Technology & Operations.
2010: Rebecca L. Martin
2011: Zoe Detter
Zoe is attending Appalachian State U, where she plans to major in English Education. She is one of 500 statewide participants in the NC Teaching Fellows program, which encourages students to go into teaching. At ASU, she has been working with the Child Development Center and the Student Tutoring Center.
2012: Meredith Ashe Johnson
Meredith is attending NC State, where she is pursuing a double major in business and nutritional sciences. She participates in a leadership development program called Leadership in Action and plays intramural basketball.
2013: Sofia Rose Lyons
Sofia is attending Barnard College (Columbia University) in New York City. She plans to study foreign languages and perhaps pursue a career as a fund-raiser or publicist with a non-profit organization.
2014: Francesca (Frankie) Miller