Endowments

Fully Funded Endowments

Adam Ward Memorial Scholarship

Friends and family established the Adam Ward Endowment to memorialize a young man who tragically lost his life in August, 2015. Adam graduated from Salem High School in 2007 and Virginia Tech in 2011, where he received a degree in broadcast journalism.
Adam’s outgoing personality, his zest for life, his dedication to his family, friends and work, and his devotion to Salem High School and Virginia Tech were the center of his focus.
Major consideration will be given to financial need, “Adam like” qualities such as character, integrity and friendliness to all. Consideration will be given to students attending an instate school and/or students who plan to major in journalism/media communication. Consideration will also be given to applicants recommended from the school administration who have proven to be overachievers and who accept challenges.

Amy Daulton Memorial Scholarship

The friends, classmates & family established the Amy Daulton Memorial Scholarship in 2015 to honor the life and legacy of Amy Nikole Daulton (SHS ’90 & UNCC “96). At the time of her death, Amy was a working comedienne in New York City and loved having the ability to make someone’s day through laughter. She had been a member of Groundlings in LA along with the Improv Group of Fred Willard & Friends. This award should benefit a Salem High School student who has the desire to pursue a career in the acting or comedy field.

Aldridge, Annie Cook Latin Endowment

This endowment was established in 1989 by an anonymous and appreciative five-year Latin student from Andrew Lewis High School.  In addition to being an outstanding teacher, Mrs. Aldridge was a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association.  She died in 1997, and through her estate she willed $69,454.87 to the Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association. An award is given each year, preferably to a student who plans to enter the field of the Classics.

Andrew Lewis Class of ‘52

This scholarship was established in November 2002 by the Andrew Lewis High School Class of ’52. Contributions were made by G. Thomas Fields in memory of Anna Martin Fields, by William R. Young, Jr., by G. Marshall Mundy, and other class members. Awards will be made to deserving Salem High School students who plan to attend a four-year college or university.

Andrew Lewis, General Endowment

This endowment was established in 2002 by contributors to the Andrew Lewis Statue and other interested persons. A scholarship will be given to a Salem High School graduate who plans to major in history or social studies or who is a descendant of military personnel.

Archer Family Endowment

This endowment was started in May 2004 in memory of her late husband James Milton Archer by Regine Archer. James and Regine moved to Salem in 1959. Five of their six children, Nancy, Robert, James, Paul, and Evelyn graduated from Andrew Lewis High School. The youngest, Jackie, graduated from Salem High School. Awards from this endowment will be made to deserving graduates of Salem High School who plan to attend a four-year college or university and who have been outstanding academic students.

Bean, Patsy, DAR Scholarship

The Patsy Bean DAR Memorial Scholarship was endowed by the Donald James Bean Family and members of the Fort Lewis Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Awards from this endowment will be made to deserving Salem graduates who plan to attend a four‑year college and study early childhood education, family and consumer sciences or culinary arts. Consideration will be given to the recipient of the DAR Citizenship Award.

Braxton Family Legacy Endowment

This endowment was established in 2002 by Dr. Richard H. Fisher, the Braxton Family,  and friends, to honor the contributions of the Rev. Dr. James and Mrs. Louise Braxton and their family to the religious, educational, and civic welfare of the city of Salem.  Dr. and Mrs. Braxton came to Salem in 1969 when Dr. Braxton was appointed Pastor of First Baptist Church in Salem. Mrs. Braxton became a teacher in the City of Salem School Division. Together, they reared four children: Zenobia Simone, James Allison, Jr., Chanda Linnet, and Brad Ronnell.

Annually, this endowment will provide a scholarship to a deserving graduate of Salem High School who will pursue a college degree or advanced vocational or technical training in the following academic year. The recipient should embody the spirit of public service and hold significant promise for some form of civic leadership.

Bredlow, Harvey and Muriel Endowment

This endowment was established by the Bredlow family to recognize the outstanding contributions of their parents to the community.  Awards will be made to outstanding and deserving students.

Brock, Ruth Callaway Jones Memorial Endowment

This endowment was established in 2006 to recognize Ruth’s lifetime devotion to helping others.  Mrs. Brock was a graduate of Stonewall Jackson College for Women, a charter member of The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and a lifetime member of the Turner Ashby Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.  Scholarships from this endowment will be made to deserving Salem High School graduates who plan to become teachers.  This endowment was established by Stephen Franklin Brock, a graduate of Andrew Lewis High School in 1964 and of Virginia Commonwealth University in 1974 and Archibald Moffett (Archie) Brock, a graduate of Andrew Lewis High School in 1962 and Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  Archie is the owner and founder of Pacer Industries, Inc.

Brubeck, William Endowment

This scholarship was established in memory of William Brubeck by his family and by West Salem Elementary School teachers.  Mr. Brubeck was a long time principal at West Salem Elementary and remained its principal when the City of Salem formed its own school system.   Awards will be made to Salem High School graduates who attended West Salem Elementary School and who plan to major in elementary education in college.

Burns, Lauren Elizabeth Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2006 by the Salem Band Boosters.  Awards will be made to Salem High School graduating senior members of marching band who, in their daily lives, have exhibited well-roundedness, humility, good character, athleticism, leadership skills, and a reverence for God.

Burress, Glenna and Jack Memorial Endowment

The Glenna and Jack Burress Memorial Endowment was established by their children Nancy Pinkard, Susan Wall, Daniel Burress, and John W. Burress III.  Glenna and Jack Burress were long-time leaders and philanthropists in Salem.  Scholarships from this endowment will be given to deserving Salem High School graduates who plan to attend a four-year college or university.

Bussard, Ruth and Ray Bridgewater College Endowment

This endowment was established in 1994 by Don Russo, Esquire and other friends of Ruth and Ray Bussard. Further support was provided by Ray Bussard, Carl Tarpley, Jr., Staley Hester, and American Legion Salem Post 19. The award will be made to an outstanding athlete, preferably to one playing football and matriculating at Bridgewater College.

Chenet, Jill Bailey Memorial Endowment 

Family and friends created this memorial endowment in 2012 to honor the life and legacy of Jill Bailey Chenet (SHS ’99, W&L ’03, UVA ’07).  At her untimely death, Jill was a 2nd grade teacher to hearing-impaired students at the River School in Washington, D.C. where she was committed to helping them to their fullest potential with unfettered joy, a palpable sense of wonder and a profound understanding of each child’s unique contributions. The award should benefit a Salem High School graduate who intends to teach children in the field of literacy, reading, or special needs as demonstrated by a strong history of related volunteer work.

Christensen, Lauritz Band Endowment

This endowment was established by Rowena Holiday Boehling, other members of the family, and the Andrew Lewis High School Band.  Mr. Powell Black also donated to this endowment.  American Legion Salem Post 19 completed the endowment in 1997.  This award will be made to a Salem High School Band member who plans to enter college.

Craighead Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2002 by the Bob Craighead family. The award will be given to a student who plans study business at a four-year college or university. Preference will be given to the student who plans to major in Finance.

Crawford, Chance

Dooley, Tom Matthew 25 Endowment

This endowment was funded by R. T. Dooley, Jr. in August 2004.  He graduated from Andrew Lewis High School in 1952, earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from V.M.I. in 1956, and an M.S. degree in Structural Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1957.  Throughout his life he has been an inspiration to youth. True to the Matthew 25 example, awards from this endowment will be made to deserving students who have used their talents to increase their ability to make a difference in the lives of others.

Edmunds, Dr. Keith Memorial Endowment

This endowment was established by Dr. Richard H. Fisher and Edmunds family members. Keith graduated from Andrew Lewis High School in 1945 where he lettered in basketball and football. He built on the secure educational foundation which his hometown schools had provided for him and graduated from Randolph Macon College and The Medical College of Virginia. He practiced medicine in Salem at the Lewis-Gale Clinic until his death in 2005. In 1988, the Merchants Association of Roanoke Valley, Inc. named Keith “Father of the  Year” in the field of Family Life. He was also named “Family Physician of the Year” in 2003 by the Blue Ridge Academy of Family Physicians. Awards from this endowment will be made to deserving students of Salem High School.

Faville, Anne Michele (Mickey) Memorial Endowment

This endowment was established by the staff at G. W. Carver Elementary School after Mickey’s untimely death on March 8, 2000.  Family and friends also made contributions to the Endowment.  Recipients of this award must plan to attend a four-year college or university in Virginia. Preference will be given to those students who plan to major in Elementary Education and become teachers.

Fisher, Anne Katherine Fletcher Memorial Endowment

Anne Katherine Fletcher was born in Richmond, Virginia and moved to the Roanoke Valley in 1964. She and her husband Richard raised six children and now have 12 grandchildren, all of whom reside in Salem. Anne Katherine helped her husband extensively throughout the 17 years he was president of the Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association and was pleased to know that an endowment would be established in her name through insurance. Scholarships from this endowment will be made to deserving Salem High School graduates who attend Westhampton College at the University of Richmond or Liberty University in Lynchburg.

Fisher, Dr. Charles H. Chemistry Endowment

This endowment was established in 1993 by Dr. Charles H. Fisher, a member of the Salem High School class of 1924.  A scholarship will be awarded each year to a student who plans to major in chemistry and attend the University of Illinois, Roanoke College, or Tulane University.

Fisher, Dr. Richard H. Medical School Endowment

In honor of Dr. Richard H. Fisher, the City of Salem School Board members established this endowment in 1986 by donating their monthly stipends. This award will be made to students who enter medical school after having completed a pre-med course.

Foster Family Scouting Fund

This Fund was started by the Foster Family in March 2005 to support Scouting. The recipient of this award must be a currently registered Boy Scout who has attained the rank of Eagle Scout, or a currently registered Girl Scout who has attained the Gold Award. The recipient must also be a deserving Salem High School student who plans to attend a four-year college or university. Preference will be given to alternating this award between Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

George Washington Carver Alumni Endowment

This endowment was established in 1988 by gifts from the G. W. Carver Reunion Association. Additional donations were made by friends; and in 1997, American Legion Salem Post 19 completed the endowment. Descendants of graduates of George Washington Carver High School will receive preference when awards are made from this endowment.

Grace, Deede Nursing Endowment

This endowment was established as a memorial to Deede Grace, a 1984 graduate of Salem High School, who had completed one year of pre-nursing at VPI&SU when she was tragically killed in an automobile accident. She planned to pursue a nursing career at the University of Virginia. Her family and friends established a memorial fund in order to award a scholarship to a Salem High School graduate who plans to enter a school of nursing.

Hall, David Memorial Endowment

This scholarship provides two $500 scholarships with one going to a wrestler and the other to a culinary arts student. The recipients do not have to be planning to attend a specific school or university, only that their plan is to pursue additional education beyond high school.

Hamilton, David Ross Scholarship

Mr. & Mrs. David Hamilton (Andrew Lewis Class of 52) established this scholarship in 2013.This scholarship will be made to a student who plans to attend either Virginia Tech or Radford University and plans to major in Engineering or Elementary Education with a focus on special education. Weight will be given to grade point average and involvement in school activities, community service and a job outside of school.

Hall, D. Wallace Endowment

The D. Wallace Hall Endowment was established in 1997 by his daughter June H. Long.  This award will be given to a deserving Salem High School graduate who plans to attend a four-year college or university.

Hammersley, Charlie Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2006 to honor Charles Hammersley, Sr. for his contributions to the City of Salem. The Andrew Lewis High School graduate started working for the Salem Parks and Recreation in the mid 70’s and retired in 2006 as Director. This endowment will provide a scholarship to a deserving graduate of Salem High School who will pursue a college degree and major in recreation or an athlete who will continue playing sports in college.

Hankins, Margaret Ann “Peggy” & Ann Jacqueline Thomason Endowment

This endowment was established in 2006 to recognize the dedicated service of Margaret Ann Hankins to Virginia Commonwealth University and community and the dedicated service of Ann Jacqueline Thomason to the Salem and Roanoke County School Divisions and community.  Miss Hankins graduated from Mary Baldwin College.  Miss Thomason is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  Scholarships from this endowment will be made to deserving Salem High School graduates who plan to become teachers.  This endowment was established by Stephen Franklin Brock, a graduate of Andrew Lewis High School in 1964 and  of Virginia Commonwealth University in 1974.

Harmon, Chauncey and Lucy Endowment

This endowment was established in memory of Chauncey Harmon who was principal of G. W. Carver High School in Salem and was an outstanding educator in the school system.  The endowment is also in honor of his wife Lucy Harmon who was an elementary school teacher for many years in Salem.  Scholarships from this endowment will be made to a deserving Salem High School graduate who plans to attend a four-year college or university.

Harvey, Sam and Frances Business Endowment

This endowment was established in August 2005 by Virginia Harvey Smith and Sandra Harvey Rodger in honor of their parents Sam and Frances Harvey, both graduates of National Business College.  Awards will be made to deserving students who plan to obtain a business degree at a business school or at a four year college or university.  Preference will be given to students who attend an educational institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Hedgbeth Scholarship

This endowment was established in honor of attorney Hodge and high school teacher Dormez Hedgbeth. The scholarship is available to a Salem High School graduate who has demonstrated both successful community service and speech and debate excellence.

Heritage Endowment

This endowment was established in 2007 by combining the “Class of ’63 Fund,” the “R. Elwood Owen Endowment,” and the “Steve Labassi Memorial Endowment.” Steve Labassi was a teacher at Salem High School before his untimely death from cancer. He was a graduate of The College of William and Mary and an outstanding college football player.

Awards from this endowment will be made to deserving graduates of Salem High School.

Hester, Ella T./ Class of 1924 Endowment

This endowment was established by Staley Hester, executor of the estate of Ella Trevy Hester. Mrs. Hester was a member of the Andrew Lewis High School class of 1924.

Hoback, Judge Fred L., Sr. & Judge Fred L. Hoback, Jr. Memorial Endowment

This endowment was established by an anonymous donor in honor of the late Judge Fred Lane Hoback, Sr., and his late son, Judge Fred Lane Hoback, Jr. Scholarships from this endowment will be given to deserving Salem High School graduates who plan to attend a four-year college or university.

Hollandsworth, Louis E. & Mary P. Scholarship

This was established in 2008 by Rodney L. Whitlock and will be given to a graduate who plans to attend a four year college.

Hoffman, Brian Endowment

This endowment was established by the Richard Fisher family to honor Brian Hoffman and the contributions he has made to the Salem schools and community. The award will be made to a student involved in high school sports who has an interest in photography or journalism.

Hunt, Dr. Walter A. and Avis Endowment

This endowment was established in 2002 by the Hunt family. Awards from this endowment will be made to a deserving student who plans to attend a four-year college or university. Preference will be given to those students who plan to attend The College of William and Mary or Emory and Henry College.

Hunt, Keith K. and Mary Louise Memorial Endowment

This endowment was established by an anonymous donor in honor of Mary Louise Saul Hunt and her husband Keith K. Hunt. Scholarships from this endowment will be given to deserving Salem High School graduates who plan to attend a four-year college or university.

Jeffreys, George A. and Isabel Science Endowment

James F. Tobey, Jr., a member of the Board of Directors of Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association graduated from Andrew Lewis High School in 1966. He was president of George A. Jeffreys and Company, Inc. in Salem, and established this endowment in 1996. The recipient of this award must be an outstanding science student who plans to attend a Virginia college or university to pursue a career in science.

Jennings Family Endowment

This endowment was established in 2004 in honor of Salem High School and Andrew Lewis High School students Burleigh William Jennings ’26, Robert Watkins Jennings, Jr. ’31, Dorothy Neal Jennings ’34, Hugh Hart Jennings ’41, and Jacqueline Shirley Jennings ’45; all children of Robert Watkins, Sr. and Rose Burley Jennings. Awards will be made to deserving and hardworking students at Salem High School who plan to attend college.

Johnson, Bob Memorial Endowment

This endowment was established in 2006 and named for Robert M. Johnson II. At the time of his death in 2005, Bob had been serving as PTSA President at Salem High School and was heavily involved in youth lacrosse at the elementary and middle school levels. He also was coach of the iv lacrosse team at Salem High School. Awards will be made to deserving students who have participated in lacrosse and who plan to participate at the college level. Preference will be given to students who have been involved in some form of community service. Financial need will be a major consideration.

Johnson, William & Anna

This endowment was established in 2008 by Dinnah Louise Grant in memory of her foster parents. This awarded is intended for a student attending a 4 year college with special consideration given to foster children.

Joyce, Eddie Endowment

This endowment was established in 1997 by Don Russo, Esquire, other former varsity football players at Andrew Lewis High School, and friends of Eddie Joyce.  The award will be made to a football player who plans to attend a four-year college or university.

Kyle, Joseph & Barbara Endowment

This endowment was established by Joseph Kyle and friends of Barbara and Joseph Kyle. Awards will be made to a deserving Salem High School graduate who plans to major in the field of teaching, guidance, or music.

Lake Spring Garden Club Memorial Endowment

Joyce M. Foster, president of the Lake Spring Garden Club, started this Endowment in February 2008 in anticipation that the Club, founded in May 1928, ceased operations in 2008. Recipients of this award will be Salem High School students who plan to major in Environmental Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Lamanca, Dave Memorial (Engineering)

This endowment was established in 2007 by the family of Dave Lamanca.  Dave was a victim of the crash of USAir Flight 427 near Pittsburgh on September 8, 1994.  He was a native of Salem, educated in the Salem school system, and earned a degree from the School of Engineering at the University of Virginia in 1989.  The recipient of this four-year award must plan to pursue a career in engineering and attend a four-year Virginia college or university.

Lamanca, Dave Memorial Endowment (Golf)

This memorial endowment was established in 1994 by the family of Dave Lamanca who was a 1985 graduate of Salem High School. Dave was a victim of the crash of USAir Flight 427 near Pittsburgh on September 8, 1994. He was a native of Salem, educated in the Salem school system, and was a member of the Salem High School State Championship Golf Team in 1983. He earned a degree in Computer Science from the School of Engineering at the University of Virginia in 1989.  The recipient of this four-year award must attend a four-year Virginia college or university, be a well-rounded student, and actively participate in golf on a recreational or organized basis.

Lautenschlager Family Endowment

This endowment was established in 2005 by Edward W. Lautenschlager and the Lautenschlager family to honor their father, Dr. Edward W. Lautenschlager, a lifelong educator, and their mother, Audrey W. Lautenschlager. Awards from this endowment will be made to deserving Salem High School students to assist them in pursuing post high school education, whether college, university, technical or vocational.

Long, June/Chorale Music Endowment

This endowment was established in 1986 by Mrs. June Long who was a charter member of the Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association. She is also a former member and chairman of the City of Salem School Board and of the Salem Music Club. The first award was given in 1986. Recipients of this award must participate in the music programs at Salem High School.

McConkey, Annie Mathematics Endowment

This endowment was established in 1984 by one of Mrs. McConkey’s former students. Mrs. McConkey had a long and illustrious teaching career from 1910 until 1956. This award is given to an outstanding student in mathematics who plans to pursue a career in mathematics or science.

Mentheny, Ben/ Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball

This Endowment was established in November 2007 by Salem Parks & Recreation in honor of Benjamin “Ben” Metheney. Ben is a long-time employee and President of Salem Dixie Youth Sports.

Awards will be made to deserving Salem High School students who have played Dixie Baseball or Raysa Softball and who have also played on a Salem High School varsity baseball or softball team. Students must enroll in a college or university in the fall after graduation from Salem High School.

Middleton, Norwood and Lucille Roanoke College Endowment

This endowment was established in 1996 by Salem Kiwanis Club, Salem Historical Society, and Middleton family and friends.  This award will be given to an outstanding student who plans to attend Roanoke College.  Preference will be given to those students who plan to major in history or English.

Moeschler, Corinne Teacher Endowment

This endowment was established in 1990 through the estate of Corinne Moeschler. Mrs. Moeschler graduated from Salem High School in 1920.  Two awards will be made each year to graduates who plan to attend a college in Virginia to become teachers.

Mungcal, Maria Deguzman Memorial Endowment

After Maria’s untimely death on December 16,1999 this endowment was started by Katherine Walker Umpleby and other friends of Maria. Awards from this endowment will be made to a deserving Salem High School student who plans to attend a four-year college of university. Preference will be given to students who plan to enter nursing or other health care services.

Neathawk, Cindy Nursing Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2013 in honor of Cindy Neathawk, former member of the Salem City School Board, to recognize her service and contributions to the Salem community and the Salem City Schools. This award will be given to a student who plans to pursue a 2 or 4 year program in nursing. The award may be given to a student planning a medical career if there is no nursing candidate.

Pace, Jeanne A. and Gerald M. Memorial Endowment

This endowment was established in 2005 in memory of Jeanne Andrew Pace by her family and many friends. Mrs. Pace was a teacher for over 30 years at East Salem and Glenvar Elementary Schools. Her legacy lives on in the hundreds of students she was privileged to teach and in those future teachers who will benefit from this endowment. Recipients must be deserving Salem High School students who have demonstrated a sincere interest in teaching and who plan to attend a four-year college or university to pursue a major in education, preferably early elementary education.

Penguin Club Scholarship

The Penguin Club Scholarship shall be awarded to applicants with significant community service involvement with a GPA sufficient for acceptance into a two or four-year degree or technical school. Preferential consideration shall be given to applicants of Penguin Club member families.

Perdue, Duane Memorial Endowment

The Duane Perdue Memorial Scholarship  is awarded to a student who has been ‘directly impacted by cancer, either personally or a close family member or friend.’ A “B’ student who has great potential for success at the college level and financial need are major considerations.

Peters, James E. /Salem Lions Club Endowment

This endowment was established in memory of James E. Peters by members of his family, friends, and the Salem Lions Club. Scholarships from this endowment will be given to a student who plans to attend a four-year college or university.

Petersen, Ellen Fine Arts Education Endowment

The Petersen Fine Arts Endowment will be awarded to a student who plans to major in education and whose goal is to teach in the area of music, art, drama or photography. The student’s academic record and financial need will be major considerations.

Phelps, Helen I. Endowment

This endowment was established in 2011 by the estate of Helen I. Phelps. Scholarships from this endowment will be given to a student who plans to attend a four-year college or university.

Poff, Thelma Lee Memorial Endowment

This Endowment was established in December 2007 by Lisa P. Oliver in memory of her mother Thelma Lee Poff. Awards will be made to students with a 2.5 GPA or better and who show promise in setting educational goals. Citizenship, character, and teacher recommendations will also be used as criteria for making awards. Awards may be use for college, Community College, Business College, Trade Schools, and other Post Secondary Education Programs.

Reaser, Dennis Pride of Salem Band Endowment

Scholarships from this endowment will be made to students who have been dedicated members of the Pride of Salem Marching Band during their junior and senior years at Salem High School. Recipients must attend a four-year college or university.

Renick, Dr. Anderson M./ALHS Class of ‘47

This Endowment was established by Dr. Anderson M. Renick in honor of his Andrew Lewis High School classmates of 1947. Awards from this Endowment will be made to deserving Salem High School students who plan to attend a four-year college or university.

Richardson, Mareta C. Science Endowment

This endowment was established in 1999 as a memorial to Mareta Richardson by her family and friends. A deserving student who is interested in science and plans to attend a four-year college or university is eligible for this scholarship.

Robertson, James & Nancy Endowment

This endowment was established in 2006 by the Robertson family. Awards from this endowment will be made to deserving graduates of Salem High School who plans to attend a four-year college or university.

Romano, Dr. Lewis Scholarship

The Dr. Lewis Romano Endowment was established in honor of his service as Director of Student Services with the Salem City School Division. His service for the school division spanned twenty‑six years from its early planning and development (January, 1982) until his retirement in August, 2008. The award will acknowledge a post‑high school admissions candidate who has demonstrated consistency in academic performance and effort a grade point average of 2.5 or betters, and a determination to excel at the college level. Character, responsibility, potential, citizenship and financial need are major considerations for the award.

Rotary Club of Salem/James W. Elliott, Jr. Endowment

This endowment was established in 2007 by members of the Rotary Club of Salem to honor James W. Elliott, Jr. a long time member of the Salem Rotary Club.  Awards will be made to deserving Salem High School seniors. Preference shall be given to members in good standing of the Salem High School Interact Club.

SEFAA Annual Fund

Donations are assigned to one of two community scholarships: the Annual Fund Scholarship, which will support student(s) four-year educational program; and the CTE Scholarship, which supports student(s) vocational training.

SEFAA Operational Endowment

The SEFAA Operational Endowment funds a part-time Foundation secretary, website and social media development, special programs like the annual scholarship awards ceremony or the Hall of Fame and Champions for Children and outreach to further the purposes of the Foundation. The Board is vigilant that any operational expenses appropriately enhance the education of young people in Salem, Virginia.

Salem Educational Foundation Senior Merit Endowment

This endowment was established in 1984 by an anonymous alumnus to recognize an outstanding and deserving student. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who plans to attend a four-year college or university.

Salem Fine Arts Endowment

The Salem Fine Arts Endowment was established in 2001 by the City of Salem and the Salem Fine Arts Council. Scholarships from this endowment will be given to deserving Salem High School graduates who have completed courses in the Fine Arts.

Salem Post 19 American Legion Endowment

Through the efforts of Mac Green and Bob Craighead, this endowment was established by Salem American Legion Post 19 in 1996. Two awards based on scholastic achievement and need are made each year. One boy and one girl, who are descendants of military personnel, will receive the awards. The Salem Post 19 also contributed to the Eddie Joyce, Ruth and Ray Bussard, George Washington Carver, Lauren Christiansen, and Chauncey and Lucy Harmon endowments.

Salem Roanoke County Bar Association Scholarship

Awards will be made to students who plan to attend a four year college or university.

Salem Vocational Scholarship

The Salem vocational scholarship was established in 2006 by the City of Salem and will be given to a student who completes a vocational curriculum and plans to further his/her education.

Salem Women’s Club Education Endowment

This endowment was established in 1998 by the Salem Women’s Club. The award is given to a student who plans to become a teacher.

Salem, City Grant

The City of Salem, through City Council, established this grant in 1995. Four-year scholarships are awarded to graduates of Salem High School based on achievement and need. Recipients are chosen by a special selection committee which includes members of City Council.  Recipients have five years to use the endowment.

Shelor, Harold E. and David W. Shelor Endowment

This endowment was established by Harold E. Shelor and David W. Shelor in 2007. Scholarships from this endowment will be given to deserving students who plan to attend a four-year college or university. Preference will be given to students who plan to attend Hampden-Sydney College.

Smith, David Memorial Endowment

This endowment was established in 1997 by the parents of David Smith and over 200 friends. David tragically lost his life in a plane crash near Salem. This award will be made to a deserving student who plans to attend a four-year college or university.

Snyder, William G. Vocal Music Endowment

This endowment will be awarded to a senior who has participated in the vocal ensembles at Salem High School and who is recommended by the Salem High choral director. Preference will be given to a student who plans to major or minor in music. Financial need and the student’s contributions to school and community will be considered. If no student plans to major in music, the endowment may be awarded to a vocal student who plans another major.

Sarah W. Southard Endowment

The Sarah W. Southard endowment was established in 2013 by Sally Southard, her family and friends. Sally served on the Salem School Board from 1996 until 2013. She was Chairman of the School Board for 15 years. Her love of children as a pediatric nurse practitioner and school board member inspired her to establish this scholarship This scholarship is for graduates who will attend college to pursue a degree in nursing or early childhood education.

Spain, Margaretta and Roy Science Endowment

This endowment was established in 1995 by the Spain estate. Roy Spain was the inventor of the Medeco lock. Two awards will be made each year to “needy and deserving graduates” who plan to continue their education in science.

StellarOne Bank Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1988 by Salem Bank & Trust for a deserving Salem High School graduate. Preference will be given to those students who plan to attend Roanoke College.

Teacher, Outstanding/Salem School Board Endowment

This endowment was established in 1994 by Dr. Walter A. Franke, a member of the City of Salem School Board, to recognize outstanding teachers.  The first teacher was recognized in 1996. The recipient of this award will be selected by the City of Salem School System.  The presentation will be made at a School Board meeting, and the recipient will be recognized at Salem High School graduation.

Thornhill, Brian H. Memorial Scholarship

This endowment was established in 1993 in memory of Brian H. Thornhill by his parents and grandparents. Brian graduated from Salem High School in 1992 and finished one year at Roanoke College before tragically succumbing to acute leukemia. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide significant aid to deserving and hard-working students who plans to attend Roanoke College.

Tien, Henry Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1997 by the Tien family, Mrs. Betsy McClearn, and other friends of Henry Tien. Henry graduated from Salem High School in 1993 and attended Stanford University. In his senior year at Stanford University, Henry tragically lost his life in a mountain climbing accident. Henry was not only a brilliant student but also a very caring individual. Awards will be made to Salem High School graduates who complete the International Baccalaureate program.

Tripp, Dr. N. Wayne Endowment

This endowment was established in November 2006 by the City of Salem School Board in honor of Dr. Tripp who was superintendent of City of Salem Schools for 17 years. Many friends and associates contributed to funding the endowment. Awards will be made to deserving Salem High School graduates who have demonstrated exemplary character and who have excelled academically or have shown academic potential. Character shall be judged by the six pillars of character taught by the Salem school system: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

Underwood, Caleb Endowment

The Caleb Underwood Scholarship should be awarded to an individual who exemplifies strong character in the face of adversity. The recipient should be notably generous, kind, hard working with a great attitude. GPA and class standing are not necessarily the determining factor. More the will and determination to persevere through personal hardship all the while helping others along the way.

University of Richmond Endowment

This endowment was established in 1988 by an anonymous Andrew Lewis High School and University of Richmond graduate. The award will be made to a student from Salem High School who plans to attend the University of Richmond.

Vaughan, George Robert Memorial Endowment

This endowment was established by an anonymous donor in honor of the late George Robert Vaughan, prominent Salem dentist and citizen.  Scholarships from this endowment will be given to deserving Salem High School graduates who plan to attend a four-year college or university.

Wall, Ron Vocational Endowment

The Ron Wall Vocational Endowment was established in 1997 by his wife Mary Jane, City of Salem Schools employees, and other friends. Ron was an outstanding Director of Vocational Education for City of Salem Schools before his untimely death in 1997. This award will be given to a vocational student at Salem High School who plans to attend a four-year college or university.

Waters, Hazel Endowment

This endowment was established by Bill and June Long in memory of Hazel Waters who was a long time mathematics teacher at Andrew Lewis High School.  Awards will be made to deserving  students of Salem High School who have excelled in mathematics.

Webb, Pauline Chemistry Endowment

This endowment was established in 1990 by one of her former students who wishes to remain anonymous. An annual award will be made to a Salem High School student who is outstanding in chemistry.

West, Bentley Wysor Hollins University Endowment

This endowment was established in 1997 by Francis West, a 1937 graduate of Andrew Lewis High School, to honor his mother who graduated from Hollins College. Mrs. West served on the Roanoke County School Board during the tenure of Superintendent of Schools Roland E. Cook and was the first female school board member in the State of Virginia. This award will be made to a graduate who plans to attend Hollins University.

White, Willis Mathematics and Athletic Endowment

This endowment was established in March 2003 by the Salem Educational Foundation & Alumni Association and by co-workers and friends of Willis White. When the City of Salem established its own school division in 1983, Willis was chosen as the head football coach at Salem High School and served in that capacity for 21 years before retiring in June 2004. At Salem High School, his football teams had a record of 201-50-3. His teams won four VHSL championships and numerous district and regional titles. Willis was elected to the Virginia High School Hall of Fame in 2001. He also was named teacher of the year because of his outstanding accomplishments as a mathematics teacher. Awards from this endowment will be made to deserving Salem High School students who have excelled in mathematics or football.

Wood, Anne Bell Art Endowment

This endowment was established in 2003 by Dr. Richard H. Fisher to honor Anne Bell Wood for her many contributions to Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association.  Awards will be made to students who are interested in art. Preference will be given to those students who plan to attend the University of Georgia.

Young, Bill and Marie Endowment

This endowment was established in 2001 by sons, Bill and Jim Young, in memory of their parents. Awards from this endowment will be given to deserving Salem High School graduates of good character who have made service to others part of their life goals. All other things being equal, priority will be given to graduates who plan to attend the University of Virginia.

Underfunded Endowments

Crawford, Chance Endowment

Jennings, Lillian Galbraith and Mark Howard Endowment

This endowment was established by son John Ray Jennings in memory of his parents.  Anonymous contributions have been made to the endowment.

McClearn, Betsy B. Scholarship

Poff, Thelma Lee Memorial Endowment

This endowment was established in December 2007 by Lisa P. Oliver in memory of her mother Thelma Lee Poff. Awards will be made to students with a 2.5-3.00 GPA and who show promise in setting educational goals. Citizenship, character, and teacher recommendations will also be used as criteria for making awards. Awards may be use for College, Community College, Business College, Trade Schools, and other Post Secondary Education Programs. Financial need will be a major consideration.

Pringle, James Fund

Robertson, James A. Scholarship

Wheeling, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Fund