The Cameron Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship

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Cameron's Story

To look at Cameron you would see an ordinary kid, 

but to meet him was an entirely different story. 

Cameron exuded love and compassion towards others 

far beyond our small-town limits. 

From the day he was born he roared, 

and he never stopped.   

Cameron not only lived his life to the fullest, 

he lived his life OUT LOUD!
On April 4, 2012, Cameron was driving to work after school, 

as he had done a hundred times before, but this day was different.  

Cameron died tragically in a car accident. That day changed the lives of many.

but his story did not end there...

Cameron continues to live through the good works he left behind, and the legacy he left in the hearts of all who knew him.

Cameron was very active in school.  He was Captain of the Wrestling Team, and Captain of the Math MACC Academic Team.  He participated in Boy Scouts, where he was an accomplished Eagle Scout,  Choir, Drama, Track, and Young Life. 

In addition to attending Pulaski County High School, he attended the Southwest Virginia Governor's School for Math and Science. 

Cameron was active in the community as well.  He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity participating in fundraisers  and the construction of Habitat homes.  In 2011 a tornado hit Pulaski.  Cameron volunteered cutting down trees,  and removing debris out of the road to allow vehicles to get through. Cameron continued volunteering in the days following with Samaritan’s Purse. He also volunteered with an ecumenical program that serves mid-day community meals.  

Cameron was a free spirit and lived his life with no inhibitions.  He would hike as far as the trail would take him.  He would climb to the top of the mountain. He would kayak as far as the river  would flow.  He found peace, beauty, and balance in the outdoors.  Cameron was excited when he received his  Letter of Early Acceptance from West Virginia University.  He wanted to teach High School Biology in Colorado. 

Cameron is remembered by teachers and friends for his adventurous spirit, his outgoing personality, his sense of humor, his love of life, his huge bear hugs, and his contagious smile. He inspired others to love God, appreciate nature, live big, dream big, embrace their fears, and to never give up.    

Cameron wrote, “Kindle the fire within yourself.  Use its light to stay the path. No matter how hard it gets stay ever cheerful.”  


This is how  Cameron lived his life every day. 

 
 



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Scholarships

The Cameron Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship was created to 

Celebrate the life”  

of

Cameron Taylor Fitzwater. 

The scholarships signify the passing on of Cameron’s aspirations, hopes and dreams of acquiring a higher education to others. It is about turning tragedy into triumph, while building community spirit and giving. 

In Cameron’s memory, four- $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to Pulaski County High School Seniors who meet

 the following criteria: 

Applicants must have participated in one or more of the following activities: Boy Scouts, Choir, Drama, MACC Academic Team, Track, Wrestling, and/or Young Life. 

Applicants must be accepted by 2/4 year College or University or a Technical School.

Applicants are to write an essay based on one of two presented topics.

The recipients are selected by a committee of Pulaski County High School 

administrators, faculty and staff. 'The scholarship recipients who have graduated have started their next journey as a Construction Engineer, an Architect, an Admissions Counselor, a Teacher, a Lawyer, a student of Veterinary Medicine and nurses.  Each recipient has carried on with their aspirations, hopes, and dreams through higher education. 

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The “Color Me Cameron” 

5K Color Run/Walk is

 an untimed, let yourself go crazy 5K kind of event. 

It is not a competition. It’s about how much fun you can have

 along the way. 

Participants start in Jackson Park and make their way through town and along the Dora Extension of the New River Trail. As they make their way through the 3.2-miles they will be doused with color at 10 different color stations, 3.2-miles between each other. As the participants pass the Finish Line they are greeted with food, door prizes, music, and dancing in the street. 

Everything in the “Color Me Cameron” represents a part of Cameron. The route encompasses Cameron’s paper route when he was 12. The Dora Extension of the New Trail is where Cameron and his dad would run. 

The color represents Cameron’s outgoing personality and the many activities he was involved in. 

The color is from Colorado, where Cameron wanted to live and teach after college. 

The music is provided by people Cameron knew. 

The door prizes represent Cameron’s giving heart and his love for his community.

The money for supplies is raised prior to the event through event sponsors, and community donations. This allows ALL participant fees to go directly to the scholarships.

Participation in the “Color Me Cameron” means so much more than a day full of color. It is about investing in the community and helping students begin their journey of achieving a higher education.