Past Scholarship Award Recipients

Maggie Dees of Salisbury, NC has been named as the recipient of the 2017 Salem Academy Sisters Merit Scholarship, a competitive award that enables an incoming first-year boarding student to attend the 245-year-old academy for high school girls tuition-free for four years.

She is the daughter of Mr. Jay and Mrs. Meg Kluttz Dees of Salisbury, NC. Mrs. Dees is a Class of 1989 graduate of Salem Academy.

Maggie, who is currently an eighth grader at Salisbury Academy in Salisbury, NC, will begin her first year at Salem Academy in the fall.

“Maggie  is an outstanding young woman with a bright future,” Salem Academy Associate Director of Admissions Wynne Overton said. “She is curious, engaged, and passionate about what she loves.”

The scholarship application describes the recipient as a student “who will enrich Salem with her presence, inspire her fellow students, and extend the reputation of Salem beyond her years as a student. A Sisters Merit Scholar is committed to academic excellence and to a lifetime of learning, and her leadership will recognize our global world. Through a four-year journey of immersion in Winston-Salem and the surrounding community—science/technology, fine arts, community service, and government—she will discover her passion and set off on her own journey while, at the same time, she will be committed to roles outside herself that inspire others, and roles that build community and make the world a better place in which to live.”

Applications for the Sisters Merit Scholarship are received annually from all over the country.  The scholarship application deadline is in December and finalists visit campus in February.

Past Recipients


Amira Rady from Lawrenceville, NJ, was named as the recipient of the 2016 Salem Academy Sisters Merit Scholarship, a competitive award that enables an incoming first-year boarding student to attend the 244-year-old academy for high school girls tuition-free for four years.

Amira is the daughter of Mr. Khaled Rady and Mrs. Carmen Belford of Lawrenceville, NJ. Amira, who was an eighth grader at Lawrenceville Middle School, began her first year at Salem Academy in the fall of 2016. Amira applied to Salem through NJ Seeds, a nonprofit organization that prepares students for admission to private schools across the country.


2015 | Abigail wucherer


Abigail Wucherer from Belmont, North Carolina, was the recipient of the 2015 Sisters Merit Scholarship. Abigail is the daughter of Rick and Talia Wucherer and the granddaughter of Robert and Mary Wucherer of Menomonee Falls, WI, and Mary Falkenstein of Zichron Yaacov, Israel, and the late Eliezer Falkenstein, whose mother is Abigail’s namesake.

In addition to her interests in piano and academic tutoring, Abigail has participated for four years in the annual Cycle to the Sea program—a 180-mile noncompetitive fundraising bike ride to benefit the Adaptive Sports and Adventures Program.

2014 | Charlotte Dorn

Charlotte Dorn, from High Point, NC, is the daughter of Ms. Elizabeth Nowell and Dr. Henry Dorn.  

Charlotte enjoys traveling and has visited India and Peru during Jan Term while at Salem Academy.  She is a current honor guide and has participated in Sisters of the Motherboard, field hockey, and soccer. 

2013 | LIbby Tawes

Senior Libby Tawes is president of the Math Honors Society, co-president of the Latin Honors Society and is involved with the National Honors Society. She also plays field hockey and basketball and is a memeber of the robotics team.


2012 | Claire Ruch

From Greensboro, NC, Claire is the daughter of George and Holly Ruch.  While Claire attended Salem, she served as an Honor graduate and as a member of the Athletic Council; she was an athlete in field hockey, tennis and soccer. She is currently attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

2011 | Mary Beth Browne

During Mary Beth’s years at Salem, she served as the president of the National Honor Society, co-president of Model United Nations, and president of Drama Club, and she held leadership positions in Key Club, Ecology Club, and Mu Alpha Theta, the national mathematics honor society. As an athlete, she participated in track, cross country, and swimming. She served on the Academy’s student-led honor cabinet, volunteered as an orientation committee member and as a dormitory prefect, and was the second honor graduate in 2015. She is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is a recipient of the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship.

2010 | Catherine Ward

While attending Salem Academy, Catherine was a member of the Spanish Honor Society, the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, and the International Thespian Society. She was a two-time Citizenship Honor Award-winner, and served as Commencement Marshal for three years before being named first honor graduate for the Class of 2014. She served as president of Key Club, and of the Student Council. She co-developed the Salem Academy Model United Nations team, and contributed to the Grassroots school newspaper, served as Literary Editor for the Academe literary magazine, and was editor for the Quill Pen yearbook. She was presented with the 2014 Elisabeth Oesterlein Award. Catherine currently attends Duke University as a Benjamin N. Duke Scholar.

2009 | Kiersten Washle

Kiersten graduated from Salem Academy in 2013 and attends George Washington University, where she is studying systems engineering.

2008 | Madeleine Shelton

Madeleine graduated from Salem Academy in 2012 and attends Pennsylvania State University.