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The World War II Memorial Scholarships

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The World War II Memorial Scholarship Endowment. Immediately following World War II numerous gifts were made in varying amounts in tribute to the Washington and Lee students and alumni who died in service to their country. These funds were consolidated and named the General Memorial Scholarship Fund. Beginning in 1994 the Classes of 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947 and 1948 undertook a unified 50th reunion project to augment these funds significantly. Their gifts and bequests were given in loving memory of their fallen classmates. Consequently, the fund was renamed The World War II Memorial Scholarship Endowment. Awards from the endowment are made based upon financial need.

The Student War Memorial Scholarship Fund. In the years since the war, students of Washington and Lee, through the Student War Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee (SWMSFC), have raised a generous sum of money to establish three scholarships in memory of the Washington and Lee men who gave their lives in World War II.

War Memorial Scholarships. In connection with the Bicentennial program in 1949, the University received generous sums toward the establishment of memorial scholarships in honor of the dead of Washington and Lee in World War II. These gifts, which commemorate specific individuals or the dead from a specific geographical area, are held as endowment funds to provide educational opportunities for deserving students. They currently include scholarships commemorating the following:

Charles James Andrews Jr., Class of 1937. Established by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Charles J. Andrews, and friends in Norfolk, Virginia. This scholarship is awarded to a student who shows excellence in creative work in drama or literature.

Joe Higgins Bagley, Class of 1945. Established by John B. Atkins, Class of 1920, of Shreveport, Louisiana, in memory of this former roommate of his son, John B. Atkins Jr., Class of 1945.

Emmett Warren Barger Jr., Class of 1945. Established by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Warren Barger, Waynesboro, Virginia, and friends.

George Martin Bohman Jr., Class of 1939. Established by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George M. Bohman, and friends in Hagerstown, Maryland. Preference is given to a resident of Washington County, Maryland.

The Charlotte Memorial Scholarship. Established by Washington and Lee alumni of Charlotte, North Carolina, and vicinity, in memory of the alumni dead of World War II. The award is made to a student from North Carolina, preferably Charlotte.

Julian LeRoy Dart Jr., Class of 1939. Established by his family and friends in Jacksonville, Florida. Preference is given to a resident of Florida.

The Georgia Memorial Scholarship. Established by residents of Atlanta, Georgia, and vicinity, in memory of the alumni dead of World War II. It is awarded to a resident of Georgia.

James Robert Howard, Class of 1939. Established by the Adkin District, American Legion Post No. 38, of Gary, West Virginia. Preference is given to a resident of Gary, West Virginia, or vicinity.

Samuel Tipton Jones Jr., Class of 1939. Established by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel T. Jones, of Sweetwater, Tennessee, and other members of his family and friends. Preference is given to a resident of Tennessee.

Arthur Burke Koontz Jr., Class of 1942. Established by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur B. Koontz of Charleston, West Virginia, other members of his family, and friends, as an endowment. Preference is given to a resident of West Virginia who is interested in aviation.

Francis William Lowry, Class of 1943. Established by his mother, Mrs. Dexter M. Lowry, of Tallahassee, Florida.

Dick Mayo Lykes, Class of 1945. Established by members of the Lykes family. Preference is given to a resident of Florida, Louisiana or Texas.

Philip Wilhelm Murray Jr. This scholarship was established by Lawrence L. Humphrey, Class of 1911, of Duncan, Oklahoma, in memory of the son of his former college roommate, Philip W. Murray, Class of 1911, of Newport News, Virginia. Preference is given to a resident of Duncan, Oklahoma, or of the state of Oklahoma. When there is no suitable candidate from the areas named, the scholarship will be awarded without restriction as to residence.

Leo Frederick Reinartz Jr., Class of 1940. Established by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo F. Reinartz of Middletown, Ohio, and former classmates.

Robert Eugene Ridenhour III, Class of 1945. Established by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Ridenhour Jr., of Concord, North Carolina, and John L. Crist, Class of 1913, of Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Rockbridge County Memorial Scholarship. Established by Rockbridge County alumni, friends, and relatives of five Rockbridge County alumni who gave their lives in World War II: Hubert Franklin Beatty, Daniel Lewis Finley, Charles Troy Hickman, William Webster Lindsay, and George Stanley Slusser. The award is made to a student living in Rockbridge County, Virginia.

William Carter Shinn, Class of 1946. Established by Mr. J. B. Belcher of Bluefield, West Virginia, in memory of this former roommate of his son, Charles E. Belcher, Class of 1948.

Herbert Grooms Smith Jr., Class of 1943. Established by a friend of his father, Herbert G. Smith, Class of 1918, of Newport News, Virginia. Preference is given to a resident of Newport News.

Robert Emmerson Smitherman, Class of 1944. Established by his father, brothers and friends, all of Shreveport, Louisiana.

Partial Scholarships. In addition to the above memorial scholarships, generous amounts have been contributed towards scholarships in the names of many other Washington and Lee men who gave their lives in the war. Among the gifts which provide significant incomes for scholarship awards are those given in memory of the following:

Richard Miller Bassett, Class of 1943
William Alexander Miller Dabney, Class of 1942
Barclay Hugh Dillon Jr., Class of 1936
Frank Figures Frazier, Class of 1938
Robert Edward Holland Jr., Class of 1936
Harry Carter Kelly, Class of 1945
Louis Claude Schultz Jr., Class of 1940
Felix Garrett Smart Jr., Class of 1942
John Wesley Wright Jr., Class of 1939