Scholarship Winners

2016 Winner - Charlotte Strite

Samantha Kelly Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Charlotte Strite

Hagerstown, MD, May 29, 2016 — The Samantha Kelly Memorial Fund is pleased to announce that Charlotte Strite is the 2016 recipient of the Samantha Kelly Memorial Scholarship. The Samantha Kelly Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a female Williamsport High School senior annually, provides $4,000 spread over four years to assist with the awardee’s college educational costs. The award of the scholarship recognizes a student who exhibits outstanding academics, athletics, leadership and who shares Samantha’s love for life, kindness and positive outlook.

At Williamsport High School Charlotte maintained a grade point average of 4.1 while excelling on the tennis and soccer teams. Charlotte was a four‐year varsity letter winner in Tennis and a two‐year varsity letter winner in Soccer. In addition to being an accomplished student‐athlete, Charlotte was a leader in the Williamsport High School community. She served as Senior Class President, National Honor Society President, and President of Students Against Destructive Decisions. Charlotte will be attending Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA) in the fall where she intends to pursue studies for a career as a Physician Assistant.

Jonna Vinci, Samantha's mother and Scholarship Committee Chairman noted, "Charlotte has had an amazing high school career as a student, leader, and athlete. We are excited to honor her and assist with her college education with this scholarship."

2015 Winner - Alexis Cline

Samantha Kelly Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Alexis Cline

Hagerstown, MD, May 31, 2015 — The Samantha Kelly Memorial Fund is pleased to announce that Alexis Cline is the 2015 recipient of the Samantha Kelly Memorial Scholarship. The Samantha Kelly Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a female Williamsport High School senior annually, provides $4,000 spread over four years to assist with the awardee’s college educational costs. The award of the scholarship recognizes a student who exhibits outstanding academics, athletics, leadership and who shares Samantha’s love for life, kindness and positive outlook.

At Williamsport High School Alexis maintained a grade point average of 4.1 while excelling on the volleyball and basketball teams. Alexis was a two-year varsity letter winner in both Girls Volleyball and Basketball. In her senior year she earned All‐Conference and All-County honors from the Monocacy Valley Athletic League coaches and from the Herald Mail sportswriters in both sports. In addition to her accomplishments in the classroom and on the courts, Alexis is actively involved in her community through service as a Link Crew Leader mentoring younger students, in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program, and in her church youth group at Boonsboro First Christian Church. Alexis will be attending the Savannah College of Art & Design (Savannah, GA) in the fall where she intends to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion design.

Jonna Vinci, Samantha's mother and Memorial Fund vice president, noted that this year’s selection process was especially difficult, "This year's applicants were all so wonderful, but we are thrilled to honor Alexis as the 2015 Samantha Kelly Memorial Scholarship winner."

2014 Winner - Regan Stout

Samantha Kelly Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Regan Stout

Hagerstown, MD, June 1, 2014 — The Samantha Kelly Memorial Fund is pleased to announce that Regan Stout is the 2014 recipient of the Samantha Kelly Memorial Scholarship. The Samantha Kelly Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a female Williamsport High School senior annually, provides $1,000 per year for a total of $4,000 over four years to assist with the awardee's college educational costs. The award of the scholarship recognizes a student who exhibits outstanding academics, athletics, and leadership, and who shares Samantha’s love for life, kindness and positive outlook.

At Williamsport High School Regan maintained a 3.7 grade point average while excelling on the soccer and indoor track teams. Regan was a four‐year varsity letter winner and captain of the Girls Soccer Team. In her senior year Regan earned All‐Conference and All‐County 1st Team honors from the Monocacy Valley Athletic League coaches and from the Herald Mail. On the track Regan was a State Champion on the indoor 4 x 800 relay team her freshman year, earning All‐Conference and All‐County honors for her efforts. In addition to her academic and athletic accomplishments, Regan is actively involved in her community through service as a youth soccer coach, as a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, as a Link Crew Leader mentoring younger students at the high school and in the Best Buddies program working with special education students. Regan will be attending Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, WV) in the fall where she intends to pursue a career in nursing and play soccer for the Rams.

Jonna Vinci, Samantha's mother and Memorial Fund vice president, noted that while all applicants had strong qualifications, Regan had that mix that reminded her of Samantha’s love for life, kindness and positive outlook, "In many ways Regan reminded me of Samantha – her love of family, caring for others and outgoing spirit. We are thrilled to be able to honor Regan and assist her with her educational goals."

2013 Winner - Lauren Weicht

Samantha Kelly Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Lauren Weicht

Hagerstown, MD, June 2, 2013 — The Samantha Kelly Memorial Fund is pleased to announce Lauren Weicht as the first‐ever recipient of the Samantha Kelly Memorial Scholarship. The Samantha Kelly Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a female Williamsport High School senior annually, provides $1,000 per year for a total of $4,000 over four years to assist with the awardee’s college educational costs. The award of the scholarship recognizes a student who exhibits outstanding academics, athletics, leadership and who shares Samantha’s love for life, kindness and positive outlook.

At Williamsport High School Lauren maintained a grade point average of 3.7 while excelling on the soccer and track teams. Lauren was a four‐year varsity letter winner in Girls Soccer, leading the team as captain in her senior year to a 13‐3‐1 record. She lettered in both indoor track and outdoor track, qualifying for the state championships in the 4x4 and 4x2 relays. In addition to her accomplishments in the classroom, on the soccer field and on the track, Lauren is actively involved in her community through service as a Link Crew Leader mentoring younger students, as a Student Government Officer and in the Best Buddies program working with special education students. Lauren will be attending Shenandoah University (Winchester, VA) in the fall where she intends to pursue a career in education and play soccer for the Hornets.

Jonna Vinci, Samantha's mother and Memorial Fund vice president, was pleased with the quality of all seven applicants for this year's scholarship, "All of the girls that applied for the scholarship had excellent qualifications." Vinci noted that it was a difficult decision to select just one applicant but that Lauren stood out, "It was a very hard decision, but Lauren's positive outlook and demeanor combined with her outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments made her our choice for the scholarship. We are thrilled that Lauren will be our first-ever Samantha Kelly Memorial Scholarship winner."


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