The William I. Ray Jr. scholarship was established in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1998 through a designated gift in William I. Ray Jr’s will. Intended to aid journalism students, the scholarship has no specific stipulations other than it enhances their educations.
Ray was a UGA graduate who was named outstanding alumnus of Grady in 1979.
Ray’s life’s work was dedicated to journalism, beginning when he served in the Army in 1936 and worked for the Fort Benning Herald. In 1969, he was honored to be named to the juries for the Pulitzer Prize in News Photography and Feature Photography.
He retired in 1976 as President of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution after four decades in the newspaper business.