Angels for Allison honors local students with awards, scholarship

Angels for Allison honors local students with awards, scholarship
Scholarship winner Kylie McNeil with Drew Haramis, Angels for Allison board president, and service award winners Anna Medley and Jordan Whitsell. Jahkari Smothers is not pictured.

Four Northeast Florida students were recognized in June for their service by Angels for Allison, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance for expenses associated with the death of a child.

Recipients of the second annual Angels for Allison Service Award were Anna Medley of Paxson School for Advanced Studies, Jahkari Smothers of Robert E. Lee High School, and Jordan Whitsell of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Angels for Allison works with more than 100 local high school students annually, and the service awards honor high school students that best represent the spirit of service and volunteerism with Angels for Allison and inspire their peers to give back to the Jacksonville community. It also recognizes students who have shown outstanding service and passion for the organization and made lasting and meaningful contributions.

For the first time this year, the nonprofit awarded the Allison Brundick Haramis Scholarship as a way of providing financial assistance to a rising college freshman. The inaugural winner was Kylie McNeil of Fernandina Beach High School, who received the scholarship for her exemplary service, leadership and commitment in helping others. 

A small awards ceremony given by the Foundation’s Board of Directors took place on June 8 at the Madison residence in Ortega. 

The ability of the youth in Jacksonville’s historic communities is huge. Last year, to further celebrate Allison’s spirit, a secondary mission of The Allison Brundick Haramis Foundation was created. The new mission is to create a welcoming and inspiring environment for service to others, and to cultivate the future of philanthropy through focused programs for youth participation and leadership. The nonprofit is pleased to offer opportunities to local high school students.

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