As student-athletes across the state look for different avenues to help pay their college tuition, Cameryn Smith of West Brunswick High School was recently named one of two standouts to receive the annual Jerry McGee Endowed Scholarships awarded by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).
The two outstanding student-athletes will be recognized this week during the North Carolina Coaches Association Clinic in Greensboro at the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association (NCADA) Leadership Academy held as part of the clinic week.
The scholarships are made possible through the generosity of donors to the fund in honor of the long-time NCADA executive director Jerry McGee. McGee is a member of both the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame and the National High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Awarded to two senior year high school student-athletes from NCHSAA member schools each year, this award is unique because it honors both male and female student-athletes, who have distinguished themselves by overcoming adversity and returned to excel beyond expectations in their scholastic sport.
Smith was a women’s golf performer at West Brunswick who served as team captain one year and finished in the individual top 10 twice in four years of qualifying for the NCHSAA state tournament. The first player from her school to qualify for the state event, she also earned Mideastern Conference Player of the Year honors as a junior.
A member of the National Honor Society and Key Club in high school, Smith battled a rare blood disorder discovered after a lengthy hospital stay during her freshman year, but was still able to excel in golf. She plans to play collegiately at Queens University in Charlotte.
Each recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship to further his or her education at the college level.