The Carrollton Ruritan Club (CRC) awarded seven scholarships, a total of $5,000, at their monthly dinner meeting May 22 that included scholarship recipients and parents. Awards are based on need, academic performance and career goals, service and leadership. All recipients are graduating seniors at Smithfield H.S., most from the Carrollton area. Funds for the awards came from: the Carrollton Ruritan Education Fund (CREF) endowment and “Build Your Dollars” fund, both managed by the National Ruritan Foundation, plus generous donations by members and from income earned from Fish Fry events on the first Saturdays in May and November.
Recipient Briana Cornett will attend the University of Mary Washington with interest in communications and marketing; Brooke Cousins, who has also studied dance at the Governor’s School of Arts, will begin studies at Goucher College to be a dance educator and performer; Briana Thompson will attend Michigan State University to study Veterinary Medicine; her father was formerly Scoutmaster at Troop 36 that is sponsored by the CRC and a brother earned his Eagle rank in this troop. Another recipient, Brooke Southern, will also begin studies at Purdue University toward being a Vet: she also has a brother who earned the Eagle rank in Troop 36. Katherine Henk will attend Virginia Tech with a goal to graduate in Biomedical Engineering and develop prosthetics to help those with disabling injuries; she is also a Girl Scout Gold Award Winner. Logan Turpin will attend Regent University to major in Cybersecurity. Breigh Campbell is to attend Anderson University to pursue math as a secondary education teacher and later to continue graduate studies.
Back Row L-R: CRC President Georgette Phillips and CRC Scholarship Committee members Jim Henderson, William McCarty, Herb DeGroft, George Winslow, John Butrick, William Lilley
Front Row L-R: Scholarship recipients Brianna Cornett, Katherine Henk, Brooke Cousins, Logan Turpin, Briana Thompson, Breigh Campbell, Brooke Southern