Shawn Smith Jr. has been named as one of the original recipients of the Chadwick A. Boseman Memorial Scholarship. Recipients of the award receive a 4-year scholarship covering the full costs of tuition at Howard University.
Shawn has not only been a fantastic student, and a stellar performer in SCAN-Harbor’s Performing Arts Academy Elite Ensemble, he has been an integral contributor to SCAN-Harbor activities and programs.
Shawn has been a part of SCAN-Harbor since the age of 4 when he was part of the Boys and Girls Harbor preschool program. Even as a child Shawn was making an impression on directors at the organization. Chloe McMillan, program director of the Performing Arts Academy explained her history working with Shawn:
I first met Shawn when he was 11 years old, and the first time I saw him really shine was at the Tony Duke Memorial for Good. He comes from a musical family, and his passion for dance was a perfect fit for our Elite Ensemble program, where he was always a star in the acting, vocal, and dance programs. In about 2018 he really started taking on a leadership role within the Elite Ensemble, and his perseverance and determination led him to this success of receiving a scholarship. He has been a true ambassador for our program for about 6 or 7 years, and even as he has started University, he is still present in programming, and is a part of our program’s success!
Over the years, he has been a stage manager, he has helped arrange some of our music, and he was the MC of a virtual fundraiser with SCAN-Harbor last year! He is just such an amazing person, and we are so happy to see him doing well!
Shawn is attending Howard University and is pursuing a career in the arts.
We are all so very proud of Shawn, and we can’t wait to see where he goes next!
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