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Stephanie Ann Smith Memorial Scholarship

The Stephanie Ann Smith Memorial Scholarship was established in 2000 by De Lancey A. Smith of Mission Hills, Kansas to honor his late daughter who loved art and design. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing a bachelor's degree in theatre design. Preference is given to students who have chosen a concentration in scenic design by the start of their junior year.

Stephanie Ann Smith began to pursue art and theatre design in a Shawnee Mission East High School production of The Sound of Music, where she created props and scenery. She continued to study art in 1964 when she came to KU. As a student, she participated in theatre design for Rock Chalk Revue performances. To earn money for college, she created store displays and studied under the guidance of the display department director at Woolf Brothers, a clothing store in Kansas City. Later, she was employed by Russell Stover Candies, Inc., where she designed packaging for candies that is still in use today. Stephanie was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 1966, the year she married Warren Thomas of Kansas City. Eight months later her cancer returned and she died soon thereafter.

Past Recipients 
Year Recipients
2016 Abigail Smith
2015 Connor Lumpkin, April Richardson
2014 Jami Bessey, Kelly Simons
2013 Kelly Simons
2012 Megan Lethbridge
2011 Rachel Dyer
2010 Kristina Banton
2009 Jennifer Grimm
2008 Megan Krogh
2007 Megan Krogh
2006 Chloe Wong
2005 Chloe Wong
2004 Jennifer Stimple
2003 Monica Wille
2002 Emily Elder
2001 Emily Elder

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