The Anne C. Stouffer Scholarships
Currently the general manager of the Chesapeake Regional Center, Ronald Lipscomb brings more than 20 years of contracting experience to the job. Past projects he’s led include directing heavy equipment site work on professional sports stadiums in Baltimore and the Baltimore City Convention Center Hotel. In 1974, Ronald Lipscomb graduated from Virginia’s Woodberry Forest High School, which he attended on the Anne Stouffer Scholarship.

A private, all-male boarding school that currently serves about 400 students, Woodberry Forest High in the 1950s and 60s was one of several historically white, elite independent schools with high academic standards that promoted the establishment of power networks and the creation and amassing of social capital. In 1960, only about a third of these schools had even a single black student enrolled. By 1967, more than 3,700 back students were in attendance; by 1970, more than 7,600.

The desegregation of these southern prep schools was the result of a concerted effort by Civil Rights leaders and many of the schools themselves, as well as an assortment of philanthropies and philanthropists. Among the latter was Anne Forsyth, the daughter of Anne C. Stouffer and the granddaughter of tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds. In 1967, Mrs. Forsyth took money left to her by her mother, combined it with a large contribution of her own, and established the Anne C. Stouffer Foundation.

Over the next 10 years or so, the foundation selected more than 140 black students on the basis of their grades, scores on aptitude tests, and personal interviews with foundation staff members. They granted the selected students scholarships to attend various elite southern prep schools, mostly on an experimental or investigational basis. The students, who were sent to the various schools in small groups, invariably did well. That superior performance facilitated many schools’ decision to change their admission policies to admit black students.                             
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