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Mar 22, 2021

Ranney School Launches the T. Thomas Fortune Merit Scholarship for Black Students

Ranney School is proud to launch the T. Thomas Fortune Merit Scholarship, a program designed to recognize incoming ninth-grade Black students for their outstanding academic achievement with a full, four-year merit award for Upper School (grades nine through 12). Students must also demonstrate financial need for a full scholarship. This particular scholarship was developed to ensure that Black students with high academic potential but without the financial means to afford a Ranney education could access the vast resources our school offers to inspire students to reach their full potential. This new scholarship is just one component of the Ranney Scholars academic merit program, which recognizes rising ninth-grade students of all backgrounds for their academic achievement with awards, applied to their tuition at Ranney, ranging from $2,500 up to full merit awards. The T. Thomas Fortune Scholarship was inspired by a generous Ranney family committed to social justice and systemic change. 

The scholarship is named in honor of Timothy Thomas Fortune, an American civil rights leader, and writer in the late 19th and early 20th century. Ranney is also proud to partner with the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation and Cultural Center in Red Bank to spread the word about this opportunity. The T. Thomas Fortune Foundation is led by Co-Chairs Gilda Rogers and Kerwin Webb. 

“We are proud of our school’s diversity,” said Dr. John Griffith, head of Ranney School. “Our families encompass a broad spectrum of cultures, races, religious backgrounds, nationalities, family structures, and socio-economic backgrounds; however, we are committed to expanding our connections with communities of color to invite families to consider Ranney for their children.”

Diversity, equity and inclusion are critical facets of Ranney’s strategic plan. Ranney’s Board Diversity Committee is chaired by Ranney alumnus and Trustee Dr. Walter Greason ’91, a prominent historian, educator, and urbanist. Ranney is incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Greason’s deep expertise in social justice guide and inspire its efforts to effect systemic change within Ranney – from hiring practices and student recruitment efforts to meaningful academic and student life programs. 

“T. Thomas Fortune offered a vision of excellence and achievement in 1901 that foreshadowed Russell Ranney’s achievements after 1960,” said Greason. “Dr. John Griffith and Gilda Rogers and Kerwin Webb’s alignment of these two legacies offer an inspirational vision of the 21st century for a new generation.” 

Ranney School looks forward to welcoming students to apply for the T. Thomas Fortune Scholarship, Students may also apply to the Ranney Scholars program. Visit for more information.