When long-time League member Winona Smith passed away, using bequests in her memory, the League established within the education fund a memorial scholarship in her honor. The scholarship was a natural outgrowth of Winona’s devotion to Vermont’s school children and her commitment to civic engagement. During her career, Winona had devoted her energies to ensuring that Vermont students received the best possible education. After high school, she wanted them to have the means to continue that learning beyond secondary schooling. With funds from both sources, the Winona Smith Scholarship was born.
From the Education Fund, each year, three to four Winona Smith Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 are awarded to a Vermont resident in his or her senior year of high school. Recipients must demonstrate an interest in civic participation and community service, have a need for financial aid, and come highly recommended by one of his or her instructors. Scholarship money can be used for tuition for college, vocational training, or other career oriented preparation.
Applying for the Scholarship
Deadline for the 2018 Winona Smith Scholarships is May 1, 2018. The League of Women Voters makes its decisions by June 4, 2018, and will notify the recipients and their respective schools as soon as possible thereafter. We would like to present recipients with their awards on school Honors Day.
Application period opens in March 2018.
Recent Recipients of the Winona Smith Scholarship
- Gracie Baker of Bellows Free Academy
- Jennie Mull of Burr and Burton Academy
- Julia Stergas of Bellows Free Academy
- Cordelia Bell, Bellows Free Academy
- Cole LaVoie, Harwood Union High School
- Aenea Mead, Harwood Union High School
- Catherine Ware, Hazen Union School
- Jesse Keel, Arlington High School
- Luke Lapean, Mount Anthony Union High School
- Hannah Patterson, Mount Anthony Union High School
- Isabelle Strong, Stowe High School