Caroline Landon awarded 2014 Laura Smither Scholarship

The Laura Recovery Center proudly announces that Friendswood High School graduate Caroline (Carey) Landon is the 17th recipient of the Laura Smither Scholarship. This annual $3,000 scholarship honors the memory of Laura Kate Smither, who was abducted and murdered in Friendswood, April 3, 1997. Laura's parents, Bob and Gay Smither, are so proud of all past scholarship recipients and the many accomplishments they have made in their lives. The Smithers have no doubt that Caroline will represent the scholarship and the memory of Laura well.

Caroline is a Friendswood High School Senior, graduating 5th in her class this year. She has excelled in many areas during her high school years and is a member of the National Honor Society since 2012 and a National Merit Finalist this year. She has many science accolades, a stellar academic record and has also given a great deal back to our community through volunteerism.. She has served on the FHS student council, including as President since 2013. Her work experience includes research for the University of Houston and organizing and mentoring girls at the engineering GRADE Camp.

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Caroline has been accepted into the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She will also be taking classes in the Wharton School of Business. This interdisciplinary approach to her education is exactly what Caroline was looking for – as she has a vision of solving one of the vexing problems of green energy, that of energy storage, by incorporating Landon Energy Storage, her own business. Caroline has been a successful competitor in area Science Fairs throughout her high school career, with several projects based on her interest in energy storage.

Caroline has contributed directly to her community while maintaining an excellent academic record. As an example of her community volunteerism she conceived of and created the Book Buddies program – a program with 25 volunteers from area schools which collects and records children's literature for distribution though Head Start, Woman's Shelters, and the County Library.

The Laura Recovery Center and the Laura Smither Scholarship Committee wish Caroline Landon every success in her college years and beyond. God Speed Caroline!