Cameron Impact Scholarship, a 4-year, full tuition merit-based award, earned by Molly Smith
Montverde Academy congratulates Molly Smith, MVA senior, who was selected by the Bryan Cameron Education Foundation as one of the 15 recipients of the 2020 Cameron Impact Scholarship, and one of three recipients from the state of Florida. The 2020 Cameron Impact Scholars have each earned a four-year, merit-based scholarship to cover the full tuition and educational expenses at their chosen collegiate institutions.
Scholars may attend any U.S. university to which they are accepted and major in any academic area. This prestigious group of young leaders shares a unified goal of making a positive impact in the greater community and world. Bios for each recipient may be found here. The Foundation received 2,700+ applications from all 50 states and abroad with only 100 finalists selected for interviews. A Cameron Impact Scholar must demonstrate a positive engagement in community service, exhibit strong leadership qualities, be active in extracurricular activities, show strength in academics, and show a true passion to use their individual gifts and talents to make a tangible and positive impact on the world around them.
“We are overwhelmed with the incredible promise and passion of this upcoming renaissance generation,” said Amie Lucas, Executive Director of the Bryan Cameron Education Foundation. “The diversity of focus is exceptional, but the common intention of making this world a better place is humbling. These young leaders exhibit a high-level of integrity and maturity without sacrificing balance in life and the beauty of their youth. It is such a gift to know them and learn from them.”
“I am so incredibly honored and thankful to be included in such a group of scholars and activists,” said Molly. “It is these students that I hope to learn more about and share their stories to bring about positive change. I am forever grateful to my parents, Dr. Kesselring and Mr. Jim Seaney for making me into the person I am today.”
Molly Smith is a writer, filmmaker and storyteller. Her work has been profiled in online at Today.com and PopSugar. "I Don't Know,” the short film she wrote and directed, used poetry to speak about race issues in America. It was screened at more than 18 film festivals nationwide, and won six top awards. Her next film, “Dear America” highlighted the effects of gun violence on Generation Z, and has more than half-a-million views online, a National Student Emmy, and the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Youth Free Expression Film Award.
Beyond her film work, Molly enjoys speaking to students and community groups about the importance of using art for social change in her #GENZSPEAKS campaign. An accomplished playwright, her play, “God Bless America” won a Scholastic National Gold Medal in 2019 and was featured on stage at the Be Original Theatre Festival in Orlando, Florida, winning her the award for top playwright under age 24. Her writing was recognized with a 2019 National Student Production Emmy in the writing craft category. Molly’s goal is to use the medium of film and her passion as a writer to tell stories which spark conversations and change perspectives. She will graduate from Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida and plans to attend college to study screenwriting and film.
“Molly is an exceptional student who continues to achieve every goal she sets for herself,” said Dr. Kasey C. Kesselring, Headmaster, Montverde Academy. “As a student who has been part of the MVA community since a very young age, we have been able to watch Molly become an exceptional storyteller and driven student. The entire Montverde Academy congratulates Molly on her achievement, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for this gifted artist and student.”