Scholarship honors falsely imprisoned man


WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation says it has established a $100,000 endowed scholarship fund in honor of the late Darryl Hunt, the man who spent nearly 19 years in prison before being exonerated in the death of a Winston-Salem newspaper editor.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that, starting in 2018, the fund will award a $1,000 scholarship to a Forsyth County resident who’s been convicted of a crime and has served a jail or prison sentence. The money will help defray tuition and fees for students attending an accredited vocational or technical school, community college or college or university.

Hunt was convicted of killing Deborah Sykes in 1984, but DNA evidence led to another man who confessed to the killing. Hunt died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in March 2016.

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