2018-07-13 / Education

Richland Northeast graduate takes Stephen W. Hefner scholarship to Clemson

Contributed by Richland School District Two


Michael D. Smith Michael D. Smith Michael D. Smith is on his way to Clemson University to begin the next chapter of his life. The Richland Two Education Foundation awarded the $5,000 Stephen W. Hefner Scholarship to him in May.

Smith is a recent graduate of Richland Northeast High School, where he was a stellar student and community service leader. His academic success, community involvement through volunteerism, and exceptional leadership skills stood out most among all the applicants.

Smith is an IB Diploma recipient, Palmetto Fellow and an AP Scholar with Distinction. He was a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Candidate as well as the recipient of the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award.

As chair of the H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everywhere) 365 charity-giving service project, he collected canned goods, coats, socks, toiletries and other items to donate year round to the community. While doing all of this, he was also the captain of the varsity soccer team and a trumpet player in band.

“In college, I intend to continue to be involved in organizations such as HOPE 365, and become a leader and continue to have a positive impact on the community around me. I plan to study engineering and use it as a base to help people. This may be environmental engineering to prevent environmental disasters or through civil engineering to build cost-optimized housing as a non-profit,” said Smith.

The Richland Two Education Foundation established the scholarship to honor the legacy of former Richland Two Superintendent Dr. Stephen W. Hefner, who retired from the district in 2010. The scholarship provides financial assistance annually to worthy students pursuing their dreams of earning a college degree.

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