RJR CLASS OF 1968 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The idea for a memorial scholarship originated with members of the class in response to the tragic death of one classmate, Ed Gannaway, who saved many lives but lost his own, heroically piloting a malfunctioning commuter airplane to the ground in August 1995. As interest in the proposed scholarship grew, so did the desire to have it memorialize all departed members of the Class of 1968, in recognition of the contributions they made to our collective life while at Reynolds, and to their respective communities in subsequent years.
The class voted overwhelmingly to establish the scholarship versus other ideas presented. Thus, in 1997, the R.J. Reynolds High School Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship was launched. It is funded almost entirely by classmate donations to the endowment, which is managed by the Winston-Salem Foundation. Our scholarship recipient is chosen annually by a committee of classmates. A member of the class presents the award at RJR’s annual Class Day, and also memorializes any deceased classmates from the prior year at that same event.
If you are a student interested in applying for the RJRHS Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship, please click the link below and complete the form.
The Class of 1968 currently awards one scholarship each year to a graduating RJR High School senior who will pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university. The scholarship is a consecutive, four-year renewable award. Currently, the scholarship provides $25,000 ($6,250 per year), disbursed to the recipient in equal payments over eight semesters.
The applicant must be an RJR senior, in good standing with the school, with a minimum, unweighted GPA of 3.5. All applicants are evaluated on three equally-weighted criteria: academic achievement, community service (within the school and in the community at large), and financial need.
Selection Committee Chairs and Members
|Molly Piner Brown||1998 – 2004|
|Karen Hancock Blackwelder||2004 – 2006|
|Nancy Gheesling Streblow||2007 – 2008|
|Charles Jenkins||2008 – 2011|
|Marcia Mueller Priddy||2012 – 2014|
|Ted Macklin||2014 – 2017|
|Karlynn Morgan||2018 – 2021|
|Susan Speak Parrish||2022 –|
Mary Armstrong Lowe
Mary Adams Nicholson
Molly Barber Griffin
Delphine Baskins Kearney
Billy D. Friende, Jr.
Nancy Gheesling Streblow
Ann Googe Nusbaum
Karen Hancock Blackwelder
Molly Levin Beck
Marcia Mueller Priddy
Jan Nicholson Assimos
Sami Ousley Bills
Molly Piner Brown
Janet Silverman Roseman
Susan Speaks Parrish