Elizabeth Marshall2021 Scholarship recipient
At the RJR Class of 1968's 30th Reunion, several class members convinced everyone present to start raising funds so that a scholarship could be endowed with the Winston-Salem Foundation....that became known as the RJR Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship Fund. This endeavor started out as a way to honor class member Ed Gannaway...who had recently died while piloting his disabled plane in such a way as to prevent as many deaths as possible. It then each year became a way to honor each of the classmates that had died during the previous twleve months.
The next year (in 1999), the first scholarship was offered (and was valued at $500). This past May, the 23rd annual scholarship was awarded to Elizabeth Marshall...pictured above. Like all the students that applied for this scholarship, she met the required grade-point-average of 3.5 (out of a 4.0). Other requirements for being considered as a applicant are community service and a financial need.
On February 8, 2015, Winston-Salem Journal columnist Scott Sexton wrote an article 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). To read that article, click here ( * ).
In 2018, the RJR Class of 1968 completed a 3-year campaign to raise an additional $100,000 for its Memorial Scholarship Fund by its 50th Reunion. September 28, 2018 was the date of the Reunion dinner, and John Weiler announced that the total that was raised during those 36 months was $373,912.00! What an amazing accomplishment!
In October , 2018, the Fund’s balance was an amazing $654,100.00...which was believed to be the largest scholarship program of its kind in the country created by one graduating class! Today, the Fund's balance is in excess of $825,000!
Today this Fund awards an annual scholarship in the amount of $25,000 (paid via four $6,250 yearly installments) to an RJR graduating senior. To go to the 'RJR Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship Fund' website, click here ( * ).
ANYONE (including YOU) can make a donation to this fund (which is administered by The Winston-Salem Foundation). Merely make your check payable to "The Winston-Salem Foundation" and mail it to:
The Winston-Salem Foundation
751 West Fourth Street, Suite 200
Winston-Salem, NC 27101-2702
On the memo-line write in: "RJR Class of '68 Scholarship."
Below are pictures and very brief bios of the 23 recipients of the Scholarship:
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.2003: Toni J. GraceToni graduated from Duke U. in May, 2007, with a B.A. in political science. She later graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2010. Initially she worked with a law firm in Asheville, then returned to Winston-Salem to work with the firm of Blanco Tackabery (where she practices “bankruptcy law and creditors rights litigation”).
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. MartinRebecca was scheduled to graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill in May 2014 with a major in Exercise and Sport Science and a minor in the Study of Christianity and Culture. With an eye towards her future career, she has also taken all the pre-requisites for physical therapy school and trained to be a fitness consultant in the Student Recreation Center.
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) MillerFrankie attends NC State University and wants to major in Public Relations.2015: Chloe Valentina ClementsChloe attends NYU and wants to major in music, and thereafter, to teach music.2016: Bethany Jean EbbittBethany attends UNC-Chapel Hill, and plans to major in Engineering or Computer Science.2017: Johanna SilvaJohanna attends Wake Forest University, with plans to major in Business, with a focus in Finance.2018: Amy ZinniaAmy will attend UNC-Greensboro, where she will study mathematics, and later transfer to NC State to obtain a degree in Civil Engineering.2019 - Kalynn KnoxKalynn intends to attend Wake Forest Univeresity, and to become a nurse practitioner. She’s spent extensive time during all four years of high school volunteering in homeless shelters, her local church and assisted living facilities.2020 - Arwen BakerArwen is going to DePaul University in Chicago to study theatrical lighting design. Over the past four years, she has volunteered countless hours to community and school theatre, and to A Capella at RJR.2021 - Elizabeth MarshallElizabeth will attend Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. Her plans are to study Spanish and the world of business, problem solving and engineering. When not in class Elizabeth teaches horseback riding, and is fluent in Spanish.Click here ( * ) to return to the Alumni homepage.