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Leadership Winston-Salem, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization, relies on community partners such as local organizations, corporations, and individuals for funding on an annual basis. Approximately 50% of the budget is covered by tuition fees. The remainder must be obtained through fundraising efforts which are a critical component to ensure Leadership Winston-Salem’s success and sustainability. Leadership Winston-Salem ensures each class represents a cross-section of the community, including business, government, health care, arts, nonprofit, and community organizations, as well as diversity in gender, age, race, and ethnicity.

There are a variety of ways to help us with our mission of educating, connecting, and energizing leaders to serve and improve the community.


Hearn Memorial Scholarship Fund

Thomas K. Hearn, Jr.

Thomas K. Hearn, Jr.

A very special endowment fund has been established in memory of one of Leadership Winston-Salem’s founders. The Thomas K. Hearn, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund will enable participation in the program by those who might not otherwise be able to afford the tuition cost. You may donate specifically to this fund held at the Winston-Salem Foundation.

Named for one of our founders, Dr. Thomas K. Hearn, Jr., the Hearn Memorial Scholarship Fund provides partial tuition assistance to eligible class members who could not otherwise attend. Founded in 2010 with the generous assistance of additional program co-founders C. Edward Pleasants and Julius H. Corpening, the fund is maintained at The Winston-Salem Foundation.

Help us continue to grow this important fund by donating or contact our office at 336-723-1002 x1205.

Thank You to the Hearn Memorial Scholarship Fund Founding Donors

Chancellor’s Circle ($10,000+)

  • John W. Burress, III
  • Nancy & Ed Pleasants
  • The BB&T Charitable Foundation

President’s Circle ($5,000+)

  • Flow Lexus
  • John A. Taylor

Trustee’s Circle ($2,500+)

  • Claire & Hudnall Christopher
  • Paul Fulton
  • Mr. & Mrs. John F. Ward

Dean’s Circle ($1,000+)

  • Bruce M. Babcock
  • Weston P. Hatfield
  • Frank L. Blum Construction
  • Laura W. Hearn
  • Mr. & Mrs. Thomas S. Douglas, III
  • Ruthlee & Glenn Orr
  • Mr. & Mrs. Frank Driscoll
  • Quality Oil Company, LLC
  • Marvin D. Gentry, Village Point, LLC
  • Elizabeth L. Quick
  • Jim & Holly Grobe
  • Scott Richardson, Village Tavern, Inc.

Professor’s Circle (up to $999)

  • Sandra Boyette
  • Beth N. Hopkins
  • Dr. Sharon B. Covitz
  • Arthur T. King
  • Bill & Betty Gray Davis
  • Gilmour Lake
  • Nancy Dunn
  • J. Walter McDowell
  • Douglas L. Edgeton
  • Minta McNally
  • Lynn & Barry Eisenberg
  • Danny R. Newcomb
  • Mr. & Mrs. McDara P. Folan, III
  • Lloyd G. & Gwendolyn C. Walter, Jr.
  • Kathryn W. Garner
  • John C. Whitaker, Jr.
  • Donna H. Hamilton
  • Paul Wiles
  • Charles H. & Susan Hauser

Leadership Winston-Salem would like to give special recognition to the following donor:

  • Ben Sutton