Darryl Hunt, exonerated of murder in 2004, spent his years of freedom advocating for reforms in the criminal justice system and helping ex-offenders find their footing in the world.
Now, a year after he died, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is hoping a $100,000 endowed scholarship fund will go toward continuing Hunt’s work.
The Darryl Hunt Memorial Scholarship will be housed at the Winston-Salem Foundation. Starting in 2018, the fund will award a $1,000 scholarship to a Forsyth County resident who has been convicted of a crime and has served jail or prison time. The money will defray tuition and other fees for recipients attending an accredited vocational or technical school, community college or a college or university. Those who receive the scholarship can use the money to pursue a certificate, diploma or degree. They can even attend law school.