Beryl V. Smith Scholarship Sponsored by Package of Prevention
Package of Prevention is a newly formed non-profit 501(c)(3) aimed at promoting the importance of cancer screening and early detection. Package of Prevention strives to encourage individuals to be the total “package of prevention” by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and getting
all necessary screenings and check-ups. Package of Prevention’s goal is not only to educate those who are at risk for cancer (people 45 & above and those with a family history of cancer), but also to educate the children, grandchildren, and loved ones of those individuals. We believe that educating people at a young age not only encourages them to get in the habit of maintaining a healthy lifestyle; we believe that it also allows them to fill a critical role in communicating to their loved ones the importance and urgency of getting screened early for cancer.
Package of Prevention strongly believes that the best way for young people to make a difference starts with an education and college degree. Coping with a parent who has been diagnosed with cancer can be one of life’s most difficult trials. Courtney H. Smith, the founder of Package of Prevention, lost her mother, Beryl V. Smith, to cancer while she was in the process of obtaining her Master’s Degree at age 22. Courtney witnessed her mother battle breast cancer and leukemia. It was during this time that she had the vision of Package of Prevention, an organization that would educate individuals about the importance of cancer prevention and bring young people together to start talking about the realities of cancer and its impact on the people they love. The Beryl V. Smith Scholarship was developed in honor of Courtney’s mother, whose last wish for Courtney was that she remain focused on completing her Master’s degree in spite of the knowledge that her mother had been given only two weeks to live.
The Beryl V. Smith Scholarship will provide a $1,000.00 college scholarship to college bound high school seniors who have lost a parent/legal guardian to cancer or have a parent/legal guardian who is a cancer survivor. Through the Beryl V. Smith Scholarship, Package of Prevention will recognize outstanding young individuals who have stood up to adversity and made great strides to assist their families through the harsh realities of cancer. Their stories will enlighten others. Package of Prevention recognizes that when a parent/legal guardian is faced with cancer, tremendous stress and financial burden can be placed on the whole family. Offering this scholarship is Package of Prevention’s way of providing assistance to deserving young people who have personally been touched by a cancer crisis.
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