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Announcing 2014 Smith Scholars

The JAG Board of Directors is pleased to announce that 101 scholarship applications were submitted by deserving JAG seniors from seventeen (17) states in hopes of being recognized as a 2014 Smith Scholar.  The JAG Board established two committees to provide oversight of the Kenneth M. Smith Scholarship Fund and the selection of Smith Scholars.  In 2014, applicants submitted the required documentation for the committee members to review and evaluate including:  (1) application; (2) official high school transcript; (3) three letters of recommendation; and (4) two-page essay. 

A few facts about the 2014 applicants:

  • Range of grade point averages—a high of 4.0 and a low of 1.6
  • Average grade point average:  3.14
  • Eighty-four percent (84%) of applicants were accepted for college entrance
  • Sixty-six percent (66%) of the applicants were planning to attend a 4-year college/university; twenty-two percent (22%) will attend a community college; three percent (3%) will attend a trade college; one percent (1%) will attend a military college; three percent (3%) will attend a technology center and, five percent (5%) were undecided.
  • Forty-four percent (44%) were planning on a health career; eight percent (8%) an education career; ten percent (10%) a career in a business related career with the majority in accounting; seven percent (7%) in a psychology-based career; and the balance of applicants will pursue a wide array of career fields.


The Governance and Scholars Committees are proud to announce the 2014 Smith Scholars are awarded $2,000 scholarships:

Smith Scholar

State

Destination

Career

Joanna Armendariz

AL

Lurleen B. Wallace Community College

Epidemiologist

Grant Blauvelt

IN

Butler University

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Miranda Carmack

IN

Indiana State University

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kylee Caruso

ME

Eastern Maine Community College

Financial Advisor

Sarah Covert

AR

University of Arkansas

Pharmacist

Fatima Yanet Gonzalez

IA

University of Iowa

Pediatric Physician Assistant

Chelsea Hardy

ME

Husson University

School Counselor

Brittany Horton

GA

University of West Georgia

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Cassady James

KY

University of Kentucky

Integrated Strategic Communications

Louise Kajinake

NJ

Caldwell College

Entrepreneur

Jordan Monroe

MT

Montana State University

Neurologist/Cell Biology Major

Amanda Lynn Mooney

TN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology

Medical Assistant

Tyeshia Price

MS

Delta State University

Nurse Practitioner

Kelsey Pratt

MT

Montana State University

Pediatric Nurse

Tiffany Scott

IA

South Western Community College

Child Psychologist

Destiny Shelton

KS

University of Kansas

Counseling Psychologist

Monisa Stallion

MS

Delta State University

Registered Nurse

Colbren Thomas

LA

University of Louisiana-Monroe

General Practitioner

Amber Williams

VA

King University

Pharmacist

Hope Wrieden

IA

Southeastern Community College

Juvenile Probation Officer


A $1,000 follow-on scholarship is awarded to:

Smith Scholar

State

Destination

Career

Savanna Taylor

IN

Purdue University

Elementary Education

Congratulations, 2014 Smith Scholars!

A special thanksto those that donate to the Scholarship Fund as well as those who want to help JAG graduates overcome their challenging backgrounds and pursue their dreams to be a collegiate graduate and achieve their career goals. 

Submitted by:

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

James Duffy, Chair
Larry Caruso, Co-Chair
Scholars Committee
Cathy Olesen, Chair
Dr. Sharon Robinson, Co-Chair