Jane Gwyn Robertson Zimmermann Scholarship
The Jane Gwyn Robertson Zimmermann Scholarship provides a one-year award to an Orange County High School graduate who plans to attend a college or university on a full-time basis. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and they must hold “A” or “B” grades in all of his or her senior year courses. Applicants also must demonstrate intent to pursue a teaching career, with preference for those interested in English, journalism, public speaking or debate, and he or she must be members of the Future Teachers of America or its successor organization, if any.
The fund was established in 1999 through a bequest from the estate of Marie Ellis Robertson, to honor the memory of her sister, Jane Gwyn Robertson Zimmermann, who passed away on January 17, 1977. Jane Gwyn Robertson Zimmermann, known to her family and friends as “Gwyn,” was a member of the Orange County High School Class of 1964. During her time at OCHS, Gwyn was involved in numerous activities, including the Debating Club, Future Teachers of America, Latin Club, Spotswood Players, and Girls’ State. She also served as the reporter and historian of the Honor Society, assistant editor of the school newspaper, and manager of the girls’ basketball team. In addition to these activities, Gwyn was an honor student, a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist, Homecoming Princess, and wrote a weekly column for the Orange County Review.
After graduation, Gwyn went on to receive an AB degree from Duke University, where she served as class secretary of the junior class, and a MAT degree from Simmons College. She went on to teach English and speed reading while also serving as the associate editor of Textile Industries, a trade magazine, in addition to reporting and writing feature articles for various newspapers.
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The Jane Gwyn Robertson Zimmermann Scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, was awarded by OCEF Board member Martha Roby to Carolyn Habib. “I definitely didn’t know I’d be receiving one scholarship much less two scholarships,” Habib said. “I am so excited to start college and grateful for all the support.”?
Laura Neely, pictured with OCEF President Bryan Hargett, received the Jane Gwyn Robertson Zimmermann Scholarship. Laura plans to attend James Madison University. When asked how she felt about winning the award she responded, “I am extremely thankful that I received this scholarship. The money will help bring me a brighter future at James Madison University. Thank you so much.”
Julia Yurasits received the Jane Gwyn Robertson Zimmermann Scholarship from Sam Kessler, OCEF Board member,
during the Orange County High School Senior Awards Night program on June 4, 2012. “I was so excited. I had no idea I’d be recognized,” said Yurasits. “It means so much to me to be recognized by people who value education. Receiving this scholarship inspires me to do my very best. I can’t begin to say how much this means to me.”