Stedman Smith receives the Jason D. West Memorial Scholarship
At the Senior Awards Ceremony at Cleveland Heights High School on May 30, Stedman Smith received the 2012 Officer Jason D. West Memorial Scholarship. Commander Robert Montgomery presented the award to Smith.
In addition to having a part-time job, and being co-captain of the lacrosse team, Smith found time to become involved with the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN), and he was selected as a student representative to the National MSAN conference. Smith’s volunteer work has included participation in a project to package and ship medical supplies to needy people in Third World countries. He also participated in the Ohio State Patrol Cadet program and was a junior trooper for a week.
Smith plans to enter the National Guard after graduation and will begin college in the fall of 2013. He plans to earn a college degree and pursue a career in law enforcement. He hopes to become a member of a specialized SWAT or Drug Enforcement Administration task force.
Residents and business owners in Cleveland Heights, together with fellow officers, family and friends of Officer Jason West, who lost his life in the line of duty in 2007, established the scholarship in his memory in 2008.
Each year, the scholarship goes to a graduating senior from the law enforcement/criminal justice program at Heights High who exemplifies Officer West’s dedication to his work as a police officer, and who plans to pursue a career in law enforcement or criminal justice. The recipient is eligible to receive a second scholarship after he or she successfully completes the first year of college.
The first Officer Jason D. West Memorial Scholarship went to Tashay Roberts in 2008. Roberts will graduate from college this year.
Last year’s recipient, Kamille Harris, is completing her first year at Wright State University and will receive the second part of her award. Harris was honored on May 23 at the Wright State University Bolinga Awards ceremony for achieving a 3.0 GPA or higher during the academic year.
Contributions to the Officer Jason D. West Memorial Scholarship fund can be mailed to:
The Officer Jason D. West Memorial Scholarship Fund
c/o The Treasurer’s Office
CH-UH City School District
2155 Miramar Blvd., University Heights, Ohio 44118
Make checks payable to “Cleveland Heights–University Heights City School District,” and include “Jason D. West Scholarship” on the memo line.
Lita Gonzalez is the founder of PATH, a group of volunteers that provides personalized tours of the Heights High to prospective parents.