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United Way Foundation Awards Secor Scholarship

United Way of Hancock County’s Secor scholarship committee has announced the selection of Carly Smith, a senior at Findlay High School, as this year’s United Way Foundation Secor Scholar. The $2,000 renewable Secor Scholarship was established as a memorial to the Steven and Doris Secor bequest.  It is awarded to a high school senior or high school graduate living in Findlay or Hancock County who plans to attend an accredited institution of higher learning to pursue an undergraduate field of study, full time in the subsequent academic year. The candidate must exhibit a strong commitment to service, volunteering, extracurricular involvement and academic excellence.

Smith, the daughter of Kris and Paul Smith, was selected because of her volunteerism, academic accomplishments, involvement in extracurricular and school activities and her ability to exemplify leadership skills.

“Carly is a wonderful example of someone reaching out her hand to change the lives of others,” said Laurie Collert, Family and Consumer Science Educator at Findlay High School.

Smith’s service oriented involvement includes membership in the National Honor Society, Junior Scholars, Junior Statesman of America, Appalachia Service Project, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Dress A Girl Around the World, Hancock Youth Leadership and the Student Athlete Leadership Team. She is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and has served as a science teacher assistant and a member of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council. She has volunteered with food pantries, blood drives, fundraisers, cleaning projects throughout the community and much more.

In her Secor application, Smith wrote, “Participating in Appalachia Service Project for four years has been the most influential service-learning project I have been involved with throughout high school… (during one of  the projects) an individual helped by our group  left us with this quote, ‘It is not what you physically do for others that makes you memorable, but it is the impression you leave them with and the character you show them that truly makes you a life-changing person.’”

Smith has committed to attend the University of Georgia in the fall of 2015. She will graduate from Findlay High School with a 4.35 accumulative grade point average and will pursue her higher level education in the study of genetics.

Smith will be honored at the United Way of Hancock County’s annual meeting on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. The annual meeting is open to the public and the cost to attend is $30 or $240 for a table of eight. It is being held at the Hilton Garden Inn. To attend the annual meeting, call the United Way office at 419-423-1432 or visit to register.

The United Way Foundation of Hancock County is a nonprofit entity established to ensure the permanence of the United Way Hancock County. The purpose of the foundation is to offer an opportunity for donors to continue their philanthropic efforts through bequests. For more information on making a financial gift to the United Way Foundation of Hancock County, or for Secor Scholarship information contact the United Way office at 419-423-1432.