17 SMITH SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED FOR 2007
Ahrian Davis Tyler, Director of the J. Craig and Page T. Smith Scholarship Foundation,
(The largest endowment ever made for the public schools according to State Superintendent
Joseph Morton) announces the following finalists for the scholarship :
The Bibb Allen Commitment and Character Award goes to John Paul Montgomery of Pell City,
Alabama and Brandon Phillips of Geraldine, Alabama. Applications were received from all but
four counties in Alabama. The following fifteen J. Craig and Page T. Smith Scholarships are
Amanda Altizer of Valley Head Alabama, Ider High School
Christina Y. Bryant, Elba Alabama, Elba High School
Erica N. Bryant, Frisco City, Alabama, Excel High School
Kyle Clemons of Waterloo, Alabama, Central High School
C. Brent Culver of Bay Minette, Alabama, Baldwin County High School
Amber S. Dennis of Irondale, Alabama, Spain Park High School
C. Sean Eggert of Bay Minette, Alabama, Baldwin County High School
Stephen A. Fordham of Ranburne, Alabama, Ranburne High School
Tabitha N. Glass of Leeds, Alabama, St. Clair County High School
Starla F.Guy of Florence, Alabama, Central High School
Tabitha D. Hiers of Bay Minette, Alabama, Baldwin County High School
Amber N. Jones of Northport, Alabama, Tuscaloosa County High School
Scott J. Marzette of Birmingham, Alabama, Huffman High School
Monique D. McEachern of Ashville, Alabama, Ashville High School
Paige R. Perry of Adamsville, Alabama, Jefferson County Baccalaureate School
INDIVIDUAL INFORMATION ON EACH SMITH SCHOLAR:
AMANDA ALTIZER — Valley Head Alabama, Ider High School, 256-635-6239
Amanda has 367 hours of community service (canned food drives, Toys-for-Tots,
Operation Christmas Child, etc.) as well as volunteering at both a nursing home
and the Ponderosa Bible Camp. She is an excellent student who also makes time
to be a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Family Career
and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Mu Alpha Theta (the math honor
society) and the Beta Club. Amanda is self-directing and has overcome financial
and emotional challenges. We are proud to announce that Amanda Altizer is a
2007 Smith Scholar.
CHRISTINA Y. BRYANT, Elba, Alabama, Elba High School, 334-897-3212
Christina has 101 community service hours (American Red Cross, Folsom House
Restoration, Elba Head Start Volunteer, etc.) as well as being a Salvation Army
Bell Ringer and making spaghetti for the Tsunami Relief Dinner & A Movie. She
was also a Key Club Jr. Representative (serving as Secretary in 2005 and
President in 2006), an EHS Ambassador Reporter, and a four-year Student
Council Representative. As Christina says, “It’s not always how much you do for
someone, it’s the impact that it makes on that person’s life that counts the most.”
We are proud to announce that Christina Bryant is a 2007 Smith Scholar.
ERICA N. BRYANT, Frisco City, Alabama, Excel High School, 251-267-3459
Erica has been a leader in the school band for 3 years, both as Color Guard
Captain in the marching band, and as a French horn player in the concert band.
Although her family has undergone many struggles and hardships, Erica has
never let it effect her grades. Erica is a member of National Honor Society,
Senior Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Business Leaders of
America, and Family Careers and Community Leaders of America. As her
English teacher Sarah Randall James said of her, “She has been a joy to teach as
well as to know.” We are proud to announce that Erica Bryant is a 2007 Smith
KYLE E. CLEMONS, Waterloo, Alabama, Central High School, 256-764-1985.
Kyle has overcome family, financial and emotional challenges to become a 2007
Smith Scholar. His counselor, Barbara Hayes-Crittendin, says, “Kyle has been
extremely active in school clubs and school sports. He has also been very active
in church and community… He is such a remarkable young man.” He is not only
on the Yearbook Staff, but a member of the Key Club, Central Spirit Club, and
C.H.S. Peers For Life. He has an overall G.P.A. of 3.35 and is currently in fifteenth
place in his senior class of over 100. We are proud to announce that Kyle
Clemons is a 2007 Smith Scholar.
We are proud to announce that Kyle Clemons is a 2007 Smith Scholar.
CHARLES BRENT CULVER, Bay Minette, Alabama, Baldwin County High School,
Brent’s proudest achievement to date has been becoming an Eagle Scout, or, in
his words, “a life-changing experience.” His faculty advisor in Key Club says,
“He also committed to serve as a lieutenant governor for the Great Alabama
District of Key Club International in December 2006. He … has come very close to
catching up the work in his division which includes eight Key Clubs in the Mobile
Area… I have watched Brent go from simply a member who completed many
service projects, to the president extraordinaire.” We are proud to announce that
Brent Culver is a 2007 Smith Scholar.
AMBER DENNIS, Irondale, Alabama, Spain Park High School, 205-586-8717
Amber is known to be an inspiration to others. Vickie Dennis and Marnie Utz,
librarians at Spain Park High School, speak glowingly of her. “Academically, we
have been able to observe Amber in many different learning situations… Amber
has a 3.5 GPA and has been on the A/B Honor Roll consistently since the ninth
grade… Additionally, she maintains a part-time job while keeping on top of her
studies and has basically been taking care of herself financially, physically, and
emotionally for years. Amber refuses to allow her circumstances to dictate her
present or her future.” We are proud to announce that Amber Dennis is a 2007
CHRISTOPHER SEAN EGGERT, Bay Minette, Alabama, Baldwin County High
Sean is Vice President of Key Club, where his community services include
Children’s Miracle Network fundraiser, Make-A-Wish Concert, Trick-or-Treat for
UNICEF, and many more. National Honor Society Advisor Judy Bridges says,
“As smart as Sean is, he could have chosen to take all regular classes and make
all A’s; however, he chose harder, more rigorous classes in science and math in
order to prepare himself for an engineering curriculum in college.” We are proud
to announce that Sean Eggert is a 2007 Smith Scholar.
STEPHEN FORDHAM, Ranburne, AL, Ranburne High School, 256-748-8040
National Beta Club has three ideals: character, service and leadership. As a
member, Stephen exemplifies all three, especially in his work with HEARTS
(Helping Every Area Resident To Succeed). According to Science Department
Head, Jason Cole, “Stephen can also be found daily after school helping tutor
students in science, math, and almost any other subject.” And according to his
English teacher and Beta Club sponsor, Dionne Barnwell, “I have seen him give
money to help others, tutor those who were struggling with assignments, and
listen to those who just need a friend.” We are proud to announce that Stephen
Fordham is a 2007 Smith Scholar.
TABITHA GLASS, Leeds, AL, St. Clair County High School, 205-863-9464
Tabitha has faced financial, physical and emotional challenges in her life and
overcome all obstacles to become a Smith Scholar. Her Vice Principal, Dean
Isdell, says that, “Tabitha is very deserving of this scholarship as she is an
outstanding student with high grades, outstanding character, and numerous
other accomplishments to her credit… In spite of obstacles, Tabitha continues to
excel at school, she works a part-time job after school, and has a near perfect
attendance record. Tabitha’s work ethic and dedication to her studies will make
her an outstanding college student.” We are proud to announce that Tabitha
Glass is a 2007 Smith Scholar.
STARLA F. GUY, Florence, AL, Central High School, 256-766-4171
Starla has faced financial, physical and emotional challenges and overcome them
to become a Smith Scholar. Her counselor, Barbara H. Crittenden, says, “She is a
very sweet, polite, humble, quiet, respectful and bright young lady. She has a
3.79 GPA and is ranked 4th in her class of 101. Starla’s excellent character and
academic accomplishments are remarkable…” We are proud to announce that
Starla Guy is a 2007 Smith Scholar.
TABITHA HIERS, Bay Minette, Alabama, Baldwin County High School, 251-937-
Tabitha has the distinction of being BCHS’s only majorette, and an active
member of Key Club, Spanish Club, and National Honor Society. Her English
teacher, Sheila K. Howard, says, “Tabitha continues to set the standard for hard
work and excellent grades in my class.” National Honor Society Advisor Judy
Bridges adds, “Tabitha has a 3.78 unweighted GPA and is ranked 14 out of a
class of 220… Just recently Tabitha was chosen by our school faculty as the
December Student of the Month.” We are proud to announce that Tabitha Hiers is
a 2007 Smith Scholar.
AMBER JONES, Northport, Alabama, Tuscaloosa County High School, 205-339-
Amber has faced financial, physical and emotional challenges and overcome
them all to become a Smith Scholar. According to her Key Club advisor, Sandra
S. Lary, “ Amber is President of Key Club, and a member of the National Honor
Society, National Beta Club, First Priority, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Atlas
Environmental Club, and Philosophy Club… As involved in extracurricular
activities as she is, Amber is still able to maintain a 4.0 GPA and a ranking of 12th
in her graduating class – a true reflection of her strong work ethic and the
emphasis she places on academics.” We are proud to announce that Amber
Jones is a 2007 Smith Scholar.
JERRY SCOTT MARZETTE, Birmingham, AL, Huffman High School, 205-815-9408
Scott has faced financial, physical and emotional challenges and overcome them
all to become a Smith Scholar. According to his English teacher and Viking
Mentor Advisor, Mrs. LaQuita Smith, “Scott displays great character and is
continuously seeking ways to help anyone who is in need of his assistance. The
one thing that stands out most about Scott is his willingness to volunteer
anywhere and anytime,” as is evidenced in his over 180 hours of community
service. We are proud to announce that Scott Marzette is a 2007 Smith Scholar.
MONTINIQUE McEACHERN, Ashville, Alabama, Ashville High School, 205-405-
Montinique’s Beta Club sponsor, Ashleigh Lee, has nothing but praise for her. “I
am so very proud of this young lady,” she said. “Her obstacles are so varied and
numerous, yet she continues to hold her head high and be a leader that her peers
can admire and that her younger siblings can learn from… She wants to use her
deep love and appreciation for physics to make a difference in our society
through research and invention.” We are proud to announce that Montinique
McEachern is a 2007 Smith Scholar.
PAIGE R. PERRY, Adamsville, Alabama, Jefferson County Baccalaureate, 205-
Paige has faced financial, physical and emotional challenges and overcome them
all to become a Smith Scholar. According to her College Advisor, “Paige Perry is
an exceptional young woman who is insightful, mature and well-spoken…She is
among the most responsible students in our school…Paige is very interested in
becoming a physician…She has a good understanding of a physician’s
responsibilities and the discipline required to achieve her goals. ” We are proud
to announce that Paige Perry is a 2007 Smith Scholar.
The Bibb Allen Commitment and Character Award Winners:
JOHN PAUL MONTGOMERY, Pell City, Alabama, Pell City High School, 205-338-
John Paul Montgomery will receive the Bibb Allen Commitment and Character
Scholarship Award from the J. Craig and Page T. Smith Scholarship Foundation.
In August of 2003, John Paul Montgomery’s life changed drastically and
irrevocably. A football accident rendered him a quadriplegic. Three years later,
he is graduating in the top 10% of his class, he has spent over 150 hours in
volunteer work, and he has won out over 385 other applicants to receive a
prestigious scholarship and the first in either his mother’s or father’s
families to attend college. As he wrote in his essay applying for the scholarship,
“Once upon a time, I was in a tragic accident. Three years later, this tragedy has
become my testimony, and I will continue to persevere through life’s trials…until
this testimony becomes a stepping stone for not only my accomplishments, but
others’ as well.” John Paul plans to attend UAB and study for a career in medical
research specializing in pediatric spinal cord injuries.
BRANDON PHILLIPS, Geraldine, Alabama,Geraldine High School,256-659-2039
Brandon Phillips would attend football practice at 6 a.m., go to work at a local
sawmill for 8 hours and then return for evening football workout. Brandon did
this to help support his family. However, he also spent an overwhelming amount
of time outside school with community activities. He helped with summer and
winter baseball camp, he filled over 1,600 boxes with Christmas presents and
delivered them to the children of Bayou LaBatre, Alabama. He also helped with
his church Vacation Bible School, Harvest Festival, and Children’s Christmas
Party. He helped the elderly with their yard care and visited with nursing home
patients. He made great grades and his classmates voted him Most Popular and
Best All Around. And, as all of this went on, he faced financial, physical and
emotional challenges within his family, and kept his problems to himself, letting
no one on the outside know how hard he had to struggle to maintain the happy
façade. It is still his story, and his alone, to tell.
Brandon’s life is now healing and he is making plans for a bright future in
Electrical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. The J. Craig
and Page T. Smith Scholarship Foundation has selected Brandon to receive the
Bibb Allen Commitment and Character Award for his devotion to his family and
service to his community. Brandon’s dream of obtaining an education is now a
reality. He will receive a scholarship that assists with tuition, room, board and
books for up to four years. He will also receive personal guidance from a
Foundation Mentor that will help him make the transition to his new life at school.
This transition will not be easy, but Brandon has committed himself to take every
advantage of this opportunity and promises to devote the next four years to his
education, so that he can succeed in obtaining not just a degree, but a degree
with honors, and not just a job, but a profession.
The Smith Scholarships are targeted to students who are the First In Family to go to college and
who are committed to service for their family and community. These young people must have a
C average or above, and an indication they can succeed in college.
The J. Craig and Page T. Smith Foundation was created by Mignon C. Smith to honor her mother
and father. J. Craig Smith “was a man of the highest integrity, of keen intellect, and tremendous
business acumen. He could bring order out of chaos and restore harmony where there had been
friction. He was unfailingly fair in his judgments, always giving the other fellow the benefit of
the doubt. He was a leader without peer, but always modest and unassuming.” J. Craig Smith
personally funded, without anyone’s knowledge, many young people who would never have
gotten to go to college if he had not helped. Mignon C. Smith is continuing this tradition.
The Awards Ceremony will be at Homewood Library on May 8, 2007 from 4-6 p.m.
For 2008/2009 students who wish to apply, they can go to www//:jcraigsmithfoundation.org.
For more information call June Cunniff at (205)879-2299.