NAPS Awards Scholarships to Four College-Bound NHS Graduates


NAPS Scholarship recipients (from left) Emma Smith, Shelby Smithart, Claudia Isabel Lopez Martinez and Savannah Harris


Four graduating Northumberland High School seniors received college scholarships from the Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship (NAPS). Scholarships of $1,500 each were awarded to Emma Smith, Shelby Smithart, Claudia Isabel Lopez Martinez, and Savannah Harris.


The NAPS Scholarship Committee received 12 applications and considered financial need, academic accomplishments, community focus, clarity of vision, probability of success, and alignment with NAPS’ environmental sustainability values, according to Martha Tallent, NAPS Scholarship Committee Chair.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the committee did not hold personal interviews again this year, relying solely on the candidates’ applications for selection.


“All of our recipients showed an exceptional commitment to their local community,” said Roger Gruben of the NAPS Scholarship Committee. “They have volunteered for local museums, supported environment cleanups, rebuilt storm-damaged homes, and helped younger children improve their academic skills. They show an exceptional maturity and awareness that will benefit them and their communities for years to come,” added Gruben.


To donate to the NAPS Scholarship Endowment Fund, mail a check payable to NAPS to P.O. Box 567, Heathsville, VA 22473. Please write “Scholarship Fund” in the memo line.