SML Lions Scholarship receipients

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Smith Mountian Lake Lions Club 2019 Scholarship Recipients front row from left: Randie Dillon, Subrinna Ruff, Ashley Perkins, Kaetlyn Sluss, and Ciara Hampton. Second row from left: Zach Morris, Brenden “Zeke” Shrader, Samantha Chaudet, Brady Holbrook, Shane Law, Jenna Lambert and Anahi Garcia. Not pictured: Logan Pasley.

Submitted by Cindy Decker

The Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club Scholarship Trust and the SML Lions Charitable Corporation announced 13 scholarships at their May 23, SML Scholarship Trust Recipient Recognition Night.

The organizations support three types of post-high school study: study at a Virginia four-year college or university; study to complete a technical program; or study to complete an associate degree at a community college before going on to four-year Virginia institution.

Jody Brown, trust president, announced the establishment of three new endowed scholarships: The Ronald L. and Daphne W. Jamison Four-year Scholarship; the Iceman Family Trust Four-Year Scholarship, and the Jody D. and Joseph G. Brown Four-Year Scholarship. Each scholarship will fund one $6,000 four-year scholarship ($1,500 per year) every four years, in perpetuity, for a Franklin Count High School Senior.

The 2019 Scholarship Recipients were:

Samantha Chaudet, daughter of Carol and Joseph Chaudet, received the Lowell Skelton Transfer Scholarship. After earning an associate degree at Virginia Western Community College, Chaudet plans to study English or physical therapy at James Madison University.

Randi Dillon shared the evening with Dr. Jennie West and Melanie Young. She received the Gisela and Michael Jackson Transfer Scholarship. Dillon will explore several sciences at VWCC but plans to pursue a chemistry-related major when she attends UVA.

Anahi Garcia, daughter of Maria Rodriguez and David Garcia, received the Art Sommers Four-Year Scholarship. Garcia plans to complete her studies at James Madison University and become a pediatrician.

Clara Hampton, daughter of Denita and Richard Hampton, received the Ronald L. and Daphne W. Jamison Four-Year Scholarship. At Virginia Tech, she will study neuroscience to prepare herself to work with children as a neuroscientist in a clinical setting.

Brady Holbrook, the son of Christy and Anthony Holland, received the Jody D. and Joseph G. Brown Four-Year Scholarship. Holbrook will enter the University of Virginia to major in biochemistry and prepare to become a physician.

Jeanna Lambert, daughter of Renae and Robert Lambert, received the Joanna Gruver Four-Year Scholarship. She will attend Radford University, majoring in nursing to become a pediatric nurse and a volunteer with Operation Smile.

Shane Law, son of Shelby Law, will pursue HVAC certification at Virginia Western Community College. After working a few years, he plans to open his own shop. Law received a two-year trade/technical scholarship.

Zach Morris, son of Katharine Morris and grandson of Donna Cosmato, received the SML Lions Club Four-Year Scholarship. He will enter Ferrum College where he plans to study computer science to prepare for a career either as a major computer gamer or computer game designer.

Logan Pasley, daughter of Trenda and Tim Pasley, received the Carroll A. Downing Four-Year Scholarship. Because of her experience with preschoolers, she plans to become a lawyer focusing on protecting children. She will major in criminal justice at Roanoke College.

Ashley Perkins, accompanied by Stephanie and Paul Ware, will enter the Patrick Henry Community College Industrial Welding program to become a certified welder. She has taken advantage of the welding courses at FCHS earning the reputation as one of the top students in the program. She received a two-year trade/technical scholarship.

Subrinna Ruff shared the evening with Kim and David Flora. She received the Susan Dudley Four-Year Scholarship and plans to be an elementary school teacher after graduating from Liberty University.

Brenden “Zeke” Sharader, son of Christy and Kristopher Shrader, received the Dr. Leonard A. Gereau Four-year Scholarship and will begin his studies at V.M.I. this summer. He plans to major in biology with a minor in chemistry to prepare to become a pediatrician.

Kaetlyn Sluss, daughter of Peggy and Kevin Sluss, received the Iceman Family Trust Four-Year Scholarship. She will major in nursing at Radford University to become a level one trauma center nurse.

These thirteen scholarship recipients join the 114 college students and nine skilled trade students that the two organizations have helped further their educations since 1992.

For more information about either program, please contact Jody D. Brown, President of the SML Lions Club Scholarship Trust ( or David Weiss, President of the SML Lions Club (

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