Ruth Smith '21, a resident of Shelbyville, was selected to receive the third Johnson-Fort Memorial Travel Scholarship from a fund endowed by John F. "Jeff" Whorley, a member of the class of 1979. In naming the award, Whorley chose to honor two of his teachers, Alsey Johnson and Joyce Fort, whose impact inspired him.
"I am extremely happy and excited to receive the Johnson-Fort Memorial Travel Scholarship," said Smith. "The first thing I did when I found out was to call my mother and tell her. The scholarship will give me the opportunity to go on the World War II trip through England and France. I have relatives on my father's side that fought in this great war, and I will get to stand where they stood and see what they saw." She added, "I know that many students submitted essays for this scholarship, and I am honored that mine was chosen. I would like to thank the scholarship committee and The Webb School for selecting my essay and providing me with this amazing opportunity."
Johnson taught English and French in the mid-1970s, and his three children are graduates: Jane '74, John '75, Julia '77. Fort taught foreign language in the 1970s, and her children also attended Webb: Norma who graduated in '79, and brothers who attended: Joel '83 and Vernon '83.
In establishing the fund, Whorley noted that he believes strongly in the educational benefits of international travel. Whorley has endowed this fund to support a student in the amount of up to $3,000 towards a Webb-sponsored international trip.
As part of the guidelines, The Webb School will request applications from students who wish to travel internationally, and will judge applications based on the interest and educational benefits described by those who apply. Students who otherwise could not afford the costs of such a trip, as well as those who have not participated in an international school-sponsored trip, will be given preference. Students who are eligible to apply include rising 9th graders to rising 11th graders.