Kassel Smit Make A Difference Scholarship

Administering Organization: Cary High School


The Kassel Smit “Make a Difference” Fund:  a fund created in memory of Kassel Smit whose life was tragically cut short at the age of 16.  “Make a Difference” is what Kassel lived by and exemplified.  The Fund will support students that make a difference in people’s lives.


The scholarship will be awarded to individuals who have Kassel-like character traits.  Applicants will submit an essay explaining how they show these characteristics and how they have made a difference. Students also submit two supportive letters from Cary High staff or a community adult leader.

Recipients must demonstrate:

  • Creativity
  • Sensitivity
  • Respect
  • Inquisition
  • Exploration
  • Fairness
  • Giving
  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Fun
  • Humor
  • Love



How To Obtain An Application

Eligible student may obtain an application from the Cary High School Guidance office.  Students may also be nominated by a Cary High School teacher or staff member with the consent of the student being nominated.

Please contact Jilla Peasley with questions at jpeasley@wcpss.net

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Sarah Battersby

Senior Scholarships & Education Officer
Phone 919.474.8370 ext:4015
Email sarah@trianglecf.org