The Jaidon Joseph Smith Educational Scholarship Fund provides resources and funding to deserving students in the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Gifted and Talented/Learning Disability (GT/LD) program, who overcame educational challenges to thrive at school and earn entry to a college or university. The scholarship is in memory of Jaidon, who tragically died in an automobile accident on June 9, 2021 just weeks after graduating from Walter Johnson High School.
Eligibility for a 2022 Scholarship
- Student must be a 2022 graduating senior in the MCPS GT/LD Program at Walter Johnson High School.
- Student must be accepted into a two-year associate degree program or a four-year bachelor’s degree program from an accredited college or university with a fall 2022 start.
- Student must show a dramatic improvement of proactively accessing their accommodations, displaying mastery of concepts to teachers, and achieving educational success over the time they were enrolled in the GT/LD program, regardless of the grade they were initially enrolled.
- Student must have a letter of recommendation, with approved eligibility, from at least one staff member who worked with them closely while in the GT/LD program (case manager, teacher, co-teacher, guidance counselor, MCPS staff and/or Paraeducator). Each letter of recommendation must be filled out by the recommender using this form and uploaded to the application.
Note that eligibility requirements may change and the program may expand in the future, depending on the Fund receiving an independent 501(3)c status.
- Applications Released – January 18, 2022
- Applications Due – March 1, 2022
- Interviews Completed – no later than April 1, 2022
- Selection by the Committee – No later than April 15, 2022
- Awardee Notified – No later than April 25, 2022
All complete applications submitted by the Application Due date will be anonymously reviewed by 9-12 members of the Scholarship Review Committee. Once reviewed, a select number of committee members will interview the top three applicants, from whom they will determine an awardee. Each interview will be no more than 30 minutes in length. The committee must come to a 100% consensus on the selected candidate.
The selected candidate will be notified privately, and then recognized at the Walter Johnson High School Annual Senior Awards Banquet, with an announcement to the community made by a member of Jaidon Smith’s family.
The annual scholarship will be awarded to the chosen recipient in the amount of $2,000 per year, for up to 4 years total (grand total of up to $8,000 per recipient) to one student annually. The recipient will need to provide proof graduation from the MCPS High School and of enrollment for the Fall 2022 into college. For the following 3 years, they will need to provide proof of continued enrollment, and maintain at least a GPA of 3.0 to obtain the scholarship for the upcoming year.
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