The George Solonevich Scholarship at Jefferson College of Health Sciences

George Solonevich was an accomplished book illustrator and artist who eventually moved to Roanoke after living under tyranny in other parts of the world. As a young man, Mr. Solonevich fled Stalinist Russia after being jailed several times in his young life. From Russia, he went to Germany, only to live through the tortuous Nazi power.

In 1993, Mr. Solonevich suffered life-threatening burns in an accident and often expressed his appreciation for the paramedics who rescued him from his mountaintop home. Upon Mr. Solonevich’s death in 2003, his widow, Inga (pictured at right with Mr. Solonevich), and his close friend Edwin Ewing, in consultation with JCHS President, Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, established the Solonevich Scholarship. The scholarship honors students from Roanoke’s Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools who enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

Today, JCHS is awarding the $3,000 Solonevich Scholarship to a qualified applicant—a tradition that will continue annually, with preference given for minority candidates.

To fund this scholarship, JCHS is providing prints of one of Mr. Solonevich’s favorite paintings, Freedom’s Price, a portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (shown below). A 14” x 20” archival-quality print can be obtained by making a gift of $50 for an unframed print or $100 for a wood framed print.  Checks should be made payable to the George Solonevich Scholarship at the JCHS Education Foundation.

For more information about purchasing a print to support the George Solonevich Scholarship, or to make a donation in support of Jefferson College of Health Sciences, please contact Mr. Erik Williams, Director of Development, at (540) 224-4644 or via e-mail at

To learn more about how to apply for the George Solonevich Scholarship, contact the Jefferson College Office of Financial Aid at 1-888-985-8483 or (540) 985-8267.