The John W. Hairston, Jr.
Memorial Scholarship Award
John William Hairston, Jr. was born December 23, 1930 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to John William (Will) Hairston & Lottie Spratt Hairston. He graduated from Atkins High School, Winston-Salem, N.C. in 1948 and went on to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from St. Augustine College, Raleigh, N.C. Upon graduation in 1952 he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict where he served in the Army Medical Corp. He was honorably discharged in 1955. John went on to pursue graduate studies at Howard University where he earned his Master of Science Degree in Chemistry in 1957, then from 1962 to 1965 was enrolled in the Dental Program at Howard University. He began working as a Chemist with the Gillette Corporation in Rockville, MD where he did extensive research on teeth. He had an early retirement from the Gillette Corporation in 1981 after a debilitating car accident. Due to ongoing health problems his life expired on January 21, 1988.
John William Hairston, Jr. loved his family, loved his community and strongly believed that the key to your success was a good education. If you were a youngster, John would always ask about your grades and give a lecture about how important it was to get a good education. John was so passionate about the community, family and education that he teamed up with his cousin Squire Hairston and Uncle Collie Hairston, who both shared the same values, to help set up The National Hairston Clan, Inc. in Lexington, North Carolina, 1973. John came up with the idea to have a Scholarship Program to help all students, Hairston & non-Hairston, on the basis of financial need and academic excellence. He helped setup The National Hairston Clan, Inc. Scholarship Program, guiding the organization to become a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization in 1974. John’s younger brother, Marvin S. Hairston, was appointed as the first Scholarship Chairman of the National Hairston Clan, Inc. by the Board of Directors. The National Hairston Clan, Inc. awarded the first group of scholarships in 1975 to nine students at $100 each.
In Greensboro, North Carolina during 1998 approximately 10 years after his death, at the 25th Anniversary Annual Meeting of The National Hairston Clan, Inc. Board of Directors voted to name the Scholarship Program and Scholarship after John W. Hairston, Jr.
The National Hairston Clan, Inc. had one of its greatest accomplishments awarding $1000 scholarships to each of the five students in the “Class of 2009”. Thanks to the hard work of our members, kind donations from family, friends and the community, The National Hairston Clan, Inc. has awarded approximately 263 John W. Hairston, Jr. Scholarships to deserving students, adding up to over $100,000. Supporting the goals of students across the Nation is a community partnership commitment for The National Hairston Clan, Inc.
We thank you, John W. Hairston, Jr. for the lives you have touched through your vision and core values, so that all may obtain a quality education with assistance from your Scholarship Program.
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Memorial Scholarship Award HERE!