nicole-whiteNicole was a lifeguard for the Luter Family YMCA in Smithfield and volunteered many hours each week both for the YMCA and for various organizations in her community. She lost her life in the tragic shootings that took place at Virginia Tech University on April 16, 2007.

To honor Nicole’s passion to make her community a better place to live and to honor her for the hours she dedicated to volunteer service at the Y, The YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas has initiated a scholarship through our endowment fund to honor her. The scholarship is presented each spring to one senior at Smithfield High School for use at a state university of their choice. Through her acts of love and generosity, Nicole will forever leave a lasting legacy.

To apply for the Nicole R. White Memorial Scholarship

The Nicole White Scholarship will be presented to one senior at Smithfield High School each spring who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership in volunteerism as demonstrated by Nicole White while she was a student at both Smithfield High School and Virginia Tech. The scholarship will be in the amount of $5,000 to be used for tuition and fees for the first year of college.

To apply for the scholarship:

  • Download our 2-page Scholarship Application here
  • Complete the form with as much detail as possible
  • Return the completed application to Smithfield High School’s Office of Counseling by April 30th.

To learn more about Nicole, visit her website

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