In 1985 Summit Rotary Club, with a contribution from Buck Campbell, established a single $500.00 scholarship. At the urging of Ken Newbold, the Greensboro School Superintendent at the time, the club decided to rotate the scholarship to each of the city schools on a 4 year cycle.
Shortly after this program was established, a founding member of Summit Rotary Club, past club president, past district governor, Tom McKnight, passed away. To honor this outstanding member, this scholarship was named "The McKnight Scholarship.” For many years the scholarship was awarded on a rotating basis to graduating seniors at Page, Dudley, Smith and Grimsley high schools.
In 2006, club members Glenn "Buck " Campbell and Salem Bullard challenged the other club members to fund additional scholarships. Buck Campbell kept asking the question, "Wouldn’t it be nice to have a scholarship for each school in Guilford County?” From 2003 to 2010, 71 scholarships for a total of $70,000 have been awarded. Today, the program awards 16 scholarships annually, one to a deserving student at each Guilford County high school.
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Our Scholarship program now funds one scholarship for each traditional Guilford County High School:
Andrews High School: Lee and Mary Kate Williamson Scholarship
High Point Central High School: Sam and Betty Strawn Scholarship
Dudley High School: Worth B. “WB” Hull Scholarship
Eastern Guilford High School: Thelma Mae Lloyd Scholarship
Grimsley High School: Carey A. “Polly” Campbell Scholarship
Grimsley High School: Wilma Kay Johnson and Lacy Starr Scholarship
Northeast Guilford High School: Glenn H. “Buck” Campbell Scholarship
Northern Guilford High School: Dave and Helen Harling Scholarship
Northwest Guilford High School: Anne B. Murr Scholarship
Page High School: Alex and Catherine Campbell Harrill Scholarship
Ragsdale High School: Michael and Teresa Hull Scholarship
Smith High School: Sidney I. Campbell Scholarship
Southeast Guilford High School: Arden and Kay Alverson Scholarship
Southern Guilford High School: Richard E. and Susan M. Rose Scholarship
Southwest Guilford High School: Cindi and Lindsay Hewitt and Hope McWethy Scholarship
Western Guilford High School: Wonderful Works Group Scholarship