Brenda Kulynych Cline & Janice Kulynych Story Scholarship in Nursing
The following biography was written at the time of this scholarship establishment; some information may not be up to date:
Kulynych grew up as the son of Ukrainian immigrants. After graduating from high school, he left the coal mining country of Pennsylvania for NC to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps, helping to build the Blue Ridge Parkway through the Appalachians. He moved on to a position with the National Park Service, attended the Merchant Marine Academy, got married, served in WWII, then used his GI benefits to pay for accounting school. In 1946, he was hired by two brothers-in-law named Lowe and Buchan, who owned what was then North Wilkesboro Hardware. His starting salary was $25 a week. From there, he became the first employee in what grew to be Lowe’s Companies Inc., where he stayed until his retirement.
He was very proud to be able to pay for the education of his two daughters, six grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. And he has spent lavishly on philanthropy, donating millions to two family foundations run by his daughters, Brenda and Janice. When he was told that teens in the Wilkesboro area needed activities to keep them busy, he financed a teen center and theater and helped create a soccer field and skateboard park.
The Kulynych family has supported many causes at Wake Forest University, including establishing the Roena B. Kulynych Center for Memory and Cognition Research in honor of his wife and scholarships in both of his daughters names. At UNC Greensboro, the Kulynych family has supported the Chancellor’s New Venture Fund and the Roena Bullis Kulynych Fellowship in Geriatric Nursing.
Mr. and Mrs. Kelynych have both passed away, they are survived by their daughters.