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Samantha L. Smith Scholarship

Samantha L. Smith was a Leechburg native and 2010 Leechburg Area High School graduate. Tragically, she died in a car accident in November 2011. Samantha, a passionate female athlete, played both basketball and volleyball for LHS. Her teammates voted her in as captain her senior year in basketball. Many friends, family, and teammates describe Samantha as "full of life" with a contagious personality. She loved to sing and made all those around her laugh. Although she is missed dearly by her family and friends, Samantha's memory lives on through the Samantha L. Smith Scholarship. Female athletes for generations to come will benefit from Samantha's love of sports and the friendships that emerge from becoming teammates. Samantha's legacy will positively impact Leechburg female athletes by awarding a yearly scholarship in her name at her alma mater.

Scholarship Details

  • Available to High School Seniors
  • Nonrenewable
  • Applicant must:
    • Be a current Leechburg Area High School student
    • Be accepted at an accredited 2 year or 4 year college, university, community college or accredited technical school
    • Be a female athlete
    • Be involved in at least one school-sponsored extra-curricular activity.

All applicants must complete the online scholarship application, including his/her response to the following essay question.

Essay Question

Please write a one-page essay to the following question:

Explain how athletics has impacted your high school career, and you personally. How would your life be different without athletics? How do you think athletics benefited you the most?


Past Recipients

  • 2022-23¬†Tatum Verner