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.
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.