Recipients

2020 Scholarship Recipient: Arwen Baker

Arwen Baker Headshot
Arwen Baker, 2020 Scholarship Recipient

Arwen Baker is a graduating senior from R. J. Reynolds High School who is going to DePaul University in Chicago to study theatrical lighting design. Over the past four years, they have volunteered countless hours to community and school theatre and A Capella. These activities have offered them significant opportunities to gain the skills, experience, and confidence they will need as a young professional. What Arwen enjoys most is how fulfilling it is to share their love of all these art forms with the community, especially theater and lighting design. Arwen is looking forward to continuing to learn and grow through their college experience, and on into their career.

I am extremely grateful and honored to be selected as the 2020 recipient for the R. J. Reynolds Class of 1968 Scholarship. Your generosity will make my dream of going to DePaul University truly possible and I can never thank you enough for that.

I hope everyone in your family and the rest of the class of 1968 are staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times!

Best wishes,
Arwen Baker

2019 Scholarship Recipient: Kalynn Tierra Knox

Kalynn Tierra Knox
Kalynn Tierra Knox, 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Kalynn Knox is our 2019 Scholarship recipient. She plans to attend Wake Forest University and become a Nurse Practitioner.

She has a passion for helping others and has shown that through her involvement in various community service projects. She’s spent extensive time during all four years of high school volunteering in homeless shelters, her local church and assisted living facilities. She has sacrificed a lot personally to work hard in school and at her job to get where she is today. She was honored with the Outstanding Youth Leader award at her church four years in a row and was also the team captain on her basketball team in school.

With her career choice as a Nurse Practitioner, she hopes to carry on her passion for helping others and would like to one day open her own health facility.

2018 Scholarship Recipient: Amy Zinnia

Amy Zinnia
Amy Zinnia, 2018 Scholarship Recipient

Amy Zinnia is our 2018 Scholarship recipient. Amy was born in Garut, a small town in Indonesia and moved to the US when she was eight years old. Knowing only how to say “yes” and “no” in English when she arrived, Amy had to work hard in and out of school to understand the material she was being taught here. She has now graduated with Honors and plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she will study mathematics and then transfer to NC State to obtain a degree in Civil Engineering.

During high school, Amy was Vice President of the Reynolds Arts Service Club, Treasurer of the Reynolds Girls Council, and Treasurer of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Her favorite community service was The Diaper Bank of NC where she wrapped 100 packs of diapers for families in need. She has also volunteered her time to the outreach program at Phillips Chapel Baptist Church distributing school supplies to the community. Amy helped with the WSFCS STAND UP/STEP UP Against Bullying Walk; the Winston-Salem Air Show; and was a Student Ambassador of RJR where she helped inform parents about the school. During her last 3 years at RJR she was a part of the All-County Orchestra and competed her way into the repertory group as a first violinist.

Amy loves helping her community and those less fortunate and says her desire in obtaining a college degree in Civil Engineering is to be able to help as many communities around the world as she can.

2017 Scholarship Recipient: Johanna Silva

Johanna Silva is our 2017 Scholarship recipient.  Johanna was born in 1999, in New York City, to a Dominican mother and a Puerto Rican father.  Her family moved to Winston-Salem when she was 5 years old.  Johanna attended Brunson Elementary School and Wiley Middle School prior to her career at RJRHS.  During high school, Johanna ran track her freshman through junior years and was winter track captain during this time.  She also ran cross-country all four years.

Johanna Silva, 2017 Scholarship Recipient
Johanna Silva, 2017 Scholarship Recipient

Johanna was a member and vice-president of the Spanish Club.  She was a volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, a volunteer tutor at El Buen Pastor, and a volunteer soccer coach at the YMCA.  Johanna was Student of the Year in Spanish and Environmental Science her sophomore and junior years, a Junior Marshal, and a four-year Scholar Athlete. Johanna states she has always pushed herself to take rigorous classes and striven for good grades throughout her scholastic career, with education being the number one priority in her life.  Johanna is very excited to attend Wake Forest University where she plans to major in Business with a focus in Finance.

2010 Scholarship Recipient: Rebecca Martin

Scholarship Recipients

Year Scholarship Winner Presenter
1999 Tsz-Yin (Jeremy) So Molly Piner Brown
2000 Leslie Clark Michael Swain
2001 Ellen Gwin Principal Stan Elrod
2002 Anna Ledbetter Larry Little
2003 Toni Grace Woody Fox
2004 Seema Banger Principal Stan Elrod
2005 Marco Mata Peter Hawley
2006 Trey Miller Bill Spaulding
2007 Tim Hairston Bill Seippel
2008 Mona Xiao Nancy Gheesling Streblow
2009 Terell Lamont Kirby Terry Key
2010 Rebecca Martin Mary Adams Cheek Nicholson
2011 Zoe Detter Nancy Gheesling Streblow
2012 Meredith Johnson David Fuller
2013 Sofia Lyons Molly Piner Brown
2014 Francesca Bowman Miller Kristie English Graham (’69)
2015 Chloe Valentina Clements Sandra Johnson Chitty
2016 Bethany Jean Ebbitt Evans Fisher (’71)
2017 Johanna Silva Jim Martin
2018 Amy Zinnia David Fuller
2019 Kalynn Tierra Knox Karen Hancock Blackwelder

To see photos and information regarding Ed Gannaway and our Scholarship Recipients from 1999 to 2018, please click this link which takes you to the RJR Alumni Association website:

RJR Alumni Association