The Paul M. Grist Award is presented annually to a Blue Ridge Leaders School staff member who exemplifies the legacy of Dr. Grist by their commitment to BRLS and their influence on leaders and seniors gathered on the mountain.
Dr. Paul Grist served the Selma, AL YMCA for 45 years. He was the first director of Blue Ridge Leaders School, serving form 1922-1938. After retirement, he served as a “greeter”, guide, and mentor to all conference groups on the mountain.
The recipient is decided each year by a committee of past recipients.