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$25,000 in Scholarships Awarded to 15 JAG Graduates

At the recent meeting of the JAG Board of Directors in Carson City, Nevada, the Governance and Scholars Committee reported that 104 scholarship applications were submitted by JAG students from eighteen (18) states.  Applicants submitted the required documentation for the Board committees to select the 2013 Smith Scholars which included:  1-page application; official high school transcript; three (3) letters of recommendation; and two-page essay by the applicant. This year’s two-page essays were outstanding and had a significant impact on the committees.

The overall quality of the applications was impressive.  The following statistics demonstrate the overall quality of the 2013 applicants:

  • Range of grade point averages—4.0 to 1.62
  • Fourteen (14) applicants had a 4.0 GPA
  • Overall grade point average:  3.28
  • Sixty-eight percent (68%) of applicants have already been notified of  college acceptance
  • Sixty-two percent (62%) of applicants plan on attending 4-year colleges/universities; twenty-two percent (22%) will attend 2-year colleges; four percent (4%) will attend for profit institutions; and, twelve percent (12%) are undecided
  • Twenty-seven percent (27%) are pursuing a healthcare career; eight percent (8%) are pursuing an education career; seven percent (7%) are pursuing a business career; seven percent (7%) are undecided; and fifty-nine percent (59%) are pursuing a wide range of careers.


JAG screeners selected semi-finalists for consideration by the Scholars Committee which, in turn, selected finalists for consideration by the Governance Committee.

The Western Union Foundation awarded a grant to JAG in the amount of $75,000 of which $25,000 was to be used for scholarships.  We celebrated, then, decided to award ten (10) $2,000 scholarships and five (5) $1,000 scholarships.  The goal is to continue awarding $25,000 in scholarships annually.  With the help of the Western Union Foundation and members of the JAG Board of Directors, the Scholarship Fund will continue to award $25,000 in scholarships annually.

The Governance and Scholars Committees are proud to announce the 2013 Smith Scholars awarded $2,000 scholarships:

Smith Scholars

School

State

GPA

College/University

Career Field

Kirstyn Arko-Christman

Creek Wood HS

MT

 

3.35

Austin Peay State University

Nurse Practitioner

 

Alexis Browning

McCormick HS

SC

 

3.4

University of South Carolina

Sociology

Corey Buckley

Paris Gibson Education Center

MT

 

2.5

Montana State University-Northern

Diesel Technology

 

Dit Dit

Des Moines North HS

IA

2.77

Des Moines Area Community College

EMT-Paramedic

Da’Meisha L. Fleming

Anderson HS

IN

3.57

Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Chazney Gates

Northwest HS

IN

4.0

Ball State University

Director-Screenwriter

Natasha Lewis

Port Gibson HS

MS

3.9

University of Mississippi

Clinical Pharmacist

 

Clifford Gabriel O’Connor

Wagner Community HS

SD

2.55

University of South Dakota

Earth Science and Spanish

Keymo Walker

Calhoun County HS

SC

4.0

Winthrop University

Social Worker for Domestic Violence

Alexander Zane Zephier III

Wagner Community HS

SD

2.91

University of South Dakota

Criminal Justice & Political Science

The 2013 Smith Scholars awarded $1,000 scholarships include:

Smith Scholars

Schoois

State

GPA

College/University

Career Field

 Orleana Bland--

2012 Scholar

Delaware State University

DE

3.8

Delaware State University

Accountant

Marlene Borjas

Perry HS

IA

2.65

Marshalltown Community College

Early Childhood Ed Pre-School Teacher

David Lee King, Jr.

Westside Leadership Academy

IN

3.5

Indiana University-Pursue University, Indianapolis

Political Science & Education—Lawyer & Public Service

Karlee Simac

 

Helena HS

MT

2.6

Helena College

Registered Nurse

Savannah Taylor

Lafayette Jefferson HS

IN

3.5

Purdue University

Elementary Teacher

Donor Commitment.  A special thanks to those that donate to the Scholarship Fund on a regular basis as well as those who want to help JAG graduates overcome their challenging backgrounds and pursue their dream to be a collegiate graduate to help achieve their career goals. 

Notification and Distribution of Awards.  Smith Scholars will be contacted to notify them of their being a 2013 Smith Scholar and how the scholarship award will be available to them.

2012 Smith Scholars Report.  Board members who have invested annually in the Scholarship Fund were pleased to learn that eleven (11) of the twelve (12) Smith Scholars completed their first year of college and plan on continuing their collegiate education in 2013-2014.  A ninety-two percent (92%) retention rate is encouraging and impressive (although we are hoping to work with our lone dropout and reconnect him with a postsecondary institution).   States have committed to assist our committees by providing periodic status updates for us to know if the selection process is working and if there is anything we can do to encourage the Smith Scholars to persist in their pursuit of a postsecondary education degree or industry-recognized credential.

Report presented by:

James Duffy
Chairman
Governance Committee
Kenneth M. Smith Scholarship Fund
JAG Board of Directors