Walker Beasley, a graduate of Pisgah High School, and Joseph Smart, a graduate of Tuscola High School, have each been awarded a $750 scholarship from Canopy Housing Foundation, the charitable arm of Canopy Realtor® Association Western Region located in Haywood County.
Scholarship applications were reviewed by a panel of Realtors® in Haywood County. The selection panel made its recommendation for recipients to Haywood County Schools Foundation.
During his years at Tuscola, Smart was active in football, the National Honor Society, basketball, and the Future Farmers of America. He hopes to major in either criminal justice or agricultural business. Smart has also volunteered throughout the community, especially at Junaluska Elementary. Smart is the son of Tim and Kathy Smart.
In referring to the scholarship, Smart noted that as a farming family, his parents do not have the means to send one child to college, much less three (his sister and his twin brother will also be attending college at the same time). However, despite his parents’ failing health, a fire that caused destruction to the family’s property, and health issues encountered by his sister, Smart remains dedicated to getting an education. “I believe that a higher education will ensure a successful completion of the tasks set before me, especially solving issues pertaining to the safety and welfare of my community. My siblings and I all want to give back and to serve others the way we are served and supported.”
Joseph has applied to NC State University, Haywood Community College and Catawba College.
Beasley has been active during his high school career in baseball, the National Honor Society, JROTC, the National Society of High School Scholars, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Freshman Mentor Program. In addition to his school activities, he has been an active volunteer in his church youth group, where he has served on various mission trips and assisted as a volunteer in the local Community Kitchen. Beasley is the son of Brian Beasley and Brooke Franklin.
Beasley had this to say about receiving his scholarship: “My goal is to attend a four-year university followed by dental school. It is my dream to become the first doctor in my family – and to make those who have supported me proud. This scholarship will help me achieve my goals and allow me to use my education and career to change other people’s lives.”
Beasley will be attending either Clemson University or East Carolina University.