The Pay It Forward Scholarship will be awarded to two motivated seniors from both Smithtown High School West and East. These students have must show major potential and improvement through adversity. As well as a strong desire for a second chance at a brighter future, by continuing their education at a two-year or four-year college, vocational or technical school. Our intention is to challenge our students to one day be in the position to pay it forward in a meaningful way in their life time after they find success in the real world through their education and their unique life experiences.
STUDENTS MUST SHOW:
- Major potential and improvement through adversity.
- A strong desire for pursuing higher education.
- Intention of paying it forward in the future.
The applicant should possess a minimum GPA of 2.75
Show proof of applying to a 2 year, 4 year college or vocational college.
Two letters of recommendation
More information about the details of this scholarship can be found on the application page.
This is a Smithtown Children's Foundation scholarship and a Farmingdale State College Senior Project for 2016-2017.
1. Question: How did you get the idea for the Pay it Forward scholarship?
I knew I wanted to do something different for my senior project for Farmingdale State College. I believe if I could find one student to pass the beacon on to a scholarship would be the right way of showing support and encouragement. I thought if I was going to put so much effort and time to a campaign; I might as well make it real and that community can benefit from. Also, I have been trying to pay back and fulfill the wishes of the Smithtown Children's Foundation, Farmingdale State College, and the Long Island community since they started helping throughout the years. Thanks to the Smithtown Children's Foundation I am in the position pay back kindness with what I have learned over the years. You can read about my story below and Part 2 of Q&A if you wish to learn more.
2. Question: You mention Kaylee’s mother, and that she inspired you to “pay it forward.” Please expand on that.
It all started a few years ago with the sweetest mother of local kindergartner. Her daughter was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. This little girl passed away way too soon. That mother and the foundation gave me a life changing scholarship, my courage award, and even donated a car to me a year later with driving lessons. I asked for how I can pay back her kindness of my $500 courage scholarship/award. Kaylee's mother challenged that night with her response of, “Sweetie, all you have to do is pay it forward.” Since then, I am trying to pay back the kindness and fulfill the wishes of the Smithtown Children's Foundation, Farmingdale State College, and the Long Island community that I have helped me throughout the years of high school and college. My scholarship/award, which was a simple piece of paper and a check, gave me such heart, confidence, and motivation to keep challenging myself though hardship. I was really touched by the actions a full room of strangers that event night.