SHS charities announce scholarship winners

Published 6:33 pm Tuesday, May 17, 2022

SHS Charities Inc. — a nonprofit organization comprised of Smithfield High School graduates formed to provide financial, business development and career assistance — has announced its 2022 scholarship winners.

Four Smithfield High seniors will each receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Neelie Harris, Joseph Buggs Athletic Scholarship
  • Samantha Hope, Shirly Barlow STEM Scholarship
  • Rachel Sawyer, James Carver Arts Scholarship
  • Hailie Fowler, Paris Carson Leadership Scholarship

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Harris has achieved a 4.2 GPA during her time at SHS and plans to major in public relations at Virginia Tech. She’s served as president and vice president of her class, business editor and editor of the yearbook, a member of the National Honor Society, captain of the field hockey team and the SHS student liaison to the Isle of Wight County School Board.

Hope has achieved a 4.38 GPA and plans to major in biology at Christopher Newport University. She’s a member of Smithfield High’s Student Council, a member of the yearbook staff and a member of the National Honor Society.

Sawyer has achieved a 4.4 GPA and plans to dual-major in pre-med and music at the College of William & Mary. She’s a principal trumpet in GSA, a member of the Beta Club, a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Library Advisory Council and a member of the Writing Center.

Fowler has achieved a 4.18 GPA and plans to major in early childhood education at James Madison University. She’s a member of the Bible Club, Student Council Association, National Honor Society and cross country, field hockey and track and field teams. She was named most valuable player in cross country and captain of the track and field team.

The scholarships were presented at a May 16 awards ceremony.

Donations to SHS Charities Inc. can be made at