2009 HFA Scholarship Winners

Wesley Adam Smith

Wesley A Smith 09

Wesley is the son of Douglas E. and Mary V. Darst Smith. He was recommended by his grandfather, HFA member and historian Eugene A. Smith, also of Leitchfield, Kentucky. Both his grandfather Eugene and his grandmother Georgetta are descended from Higdons who trace their ancestry back to John and Millicent Bowling Higdon, of Maryland.

Wesley is now a freshman at Elizabethtown Community College in Kentucky. He writes in his application essay that he enjoys spending time with his family and playing all kinds of sports. He maintained a 3.5 grade point average at Grayson County High School,where he was active on the track and basketball teams. He was basketball team captain his senior year. Among his awards were the Coach?s award given to the player "who is trustworthy and follows instructions" and the Best Teammate award, "which is voted on by the players and is given to one who always gets along with fellow teammates and provides a positive role model for younger players."
He writes that he is also an active member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, where he is a lector, a server, and an usher. He was on the student council during his freshman and sophomore years. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Pep Club, DECA, Prom Committee, and "the Change Gang, which is a club that was created in an effort to end bullying and discrimination throughout the community." 

Sarah Elizabeth Jones

Sarah is the daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Jones. She was recommended by her grandmother, HFA member Julia Higdon McCartha, of West Columbia, South Carolina, whose parents were Macdonald ?Mac? and Elizabeth Cordelia Higdon. Sarah descends from Leonard Higdon of Anson County, North Carolina.

Sarah has been attending the College of Charleston for the past three and a half years, taking a semester off to work during her junior year. "I also took three film classes at the local technical school," she writes. "It was a smart decision. I learned much and was offered a full-time job during the summer."

She now wants to pursue a career in film production, after having served an internship with the ABC Studios Lifetime series "Army Wives," being filmed in Charleston.

"I enjoy the creative combined with the technical. My problem-solving skills and sharpness of the mind have improved immensely," she writes.

Sarah has been active in Chi Omega sorority, volunteering in "several events for the Make a Wish Foundation, our philanthropy," and promoting environmental awareness among her sorority sisters. "My junior year I was chosen to be the career and personal development chair." She admires the example of her grandmother, whose "conversations of books and life reveal the strength I only hope to live up to.”

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