"A Labor of Love . . . and Legacy: The Valerie Smith-Reid Fund"

The Valerie Smith-Reid Scholarship Fund is a bridge to higher education. Scholarships of $1000 are awarded annually to graduating seniors to help them pursue their dreams.

Helping to make the dream of attending college a reality for high school students in the Roseland Community of Chicago, IL was a dream in and of itself for Valerie Smith-Reid. Her passion and time were spent working with youth, urging and helping them to prepare for a bright future. In honor of her heartfelt and dedicated efforts to help young people from the very same community from which she was a product, after Valerie succumbed to breast cancer in 1998, her family initiated the Valerie Smith-Reid Scholarship Fund (VSRF). Since that time, the VSRF has awarded college scholarships to more than 100 students, totaling more than $140,000.

The legacy of Valerie’s example, including her own pursuit of higher education and one of consistent community service, are tenants that are reflected in the mission of the VSRF, the organization’s criteria for scholarship applicants and ultimately, its recipients. Valerie attended Southern Illinois University , received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Masters from Chicago State University. In addition to working with South Side Help Center, a community-based not-for-profit purposed to healthy, positive, life alternatives, Valerie also was an active member of the Alpha Kappa Sorority Incorporated.

Valerie’s family and friends are working to preserve her legacy through investing in the youth of the Roseland/Pullman community. This newsletter and fundraising events of the VSR Fund are ways they have committed to raising awareness and support for students who demonstrate a financial disadvantage, yet have made positive contributions to their community and demonstrated that they have the tenacity to overcome obstacles to succeed in college.

Established in 1998 in honor of the memory of Valerie Smith-Reid who succumb to breast cancer at the age of 31. Valerie worked to provide young people with opportunities to develop their talents, cultivate their social skills, and achieve there academic potential.

Interested students may pick up an application from their high school guidance counselor, at the South Side Help Center, 10420 S. Halsted, St. Chicago, IL 60628, or write for an application at the Valerie Smith-Reid Scholarship Fund, 10420 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60628.

The application deadline is April 1st. Announcements will be made May and awards presented in the fall term.

Be on the lookout for more upcomingVSR fundraisers!

Vist us at www.VSR-Fund.org

Your donations are like seeds being planted in good soil -- they reap a harvest of inspiration and success that is immeasurable. Remember, the seed that leaves your hand, never leaves your life.

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