Sashes to honor late Durham Tech champion

As Durham Tech graduates are honored at Commencement on Monday, students will be honoring a man who helped make it possible.

George Washington Newton, who passed away last month, was a staunch supporter and benefactor for Durham Tech for more than 50 years. Students who received scholarships as a result of his philanthropy will wear white sashes to honor the longtime education advocate.

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Newton, founder of Newton Instrument Co., was an original board member of Durham Tech. In 1988, he was honored for his work with the college and the former Cooper Street Building was renamed the George W. Newton Industrial and Engineering Technologies Building.

Since 1991, more than 150 students have received scholarships founded by Newton. Those scholarships include: the James I. Bolden Scholarship, established by Newton to honor longtime friend Jim Bolden; the George W. and Mary H. Newton Scholarship, which honors his beloved late wife, Mary Hall Newton; the Edward L. Phillips Memorial Scholarship, established by Newton and friends to honor fellow Trustee member Edward Phillips; and the Nathaniel B. White Scholarship, which honored White, a founding trustee and the first African American to serve on the Board.