John I. Smith Charities Scholarship

Since 1989, the John I. Smith Charities Scholarship has been helping students grow into self-sufficient and contributing citizens with financial aid for higher education.  These promising young people live in government-subsidized housing and are often the first in their families to attend college.

Cameodiamond Joseph is just one of the bright young students who has benefited from grants from this scholarship.  As an 8th grader, she received a full scholarship to Christ Church Episcopal School.  While changing schools was a challenge for her, she thrived academically and developed a new love of science. 

In 2009, Cameodiamond was accepted to Clemson University.  She applied for and received grants from the John I. Smith Charities Scholarship for all four years at Clemson, as well as the SC Life Scholarship. She graduated in 2013 with a major in Language (Spanish) and International Health with an emphasis in Community Development.  She now continuing her education at the University of South Carolina School of Law and will complete her first year of law school in May.  She is considering a career in litigation and looking forward to working with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. in Greenville this summer.

Greenville is still home for Cameodiamond and her mother, grandmother and sister.  Her three other siblings live in Charleston and California.  She is grateful for the support of her family and for the scholarships that have helped pay for her education.  She is once again an applicant for a John I. Smith Charities Scholarship grant this year as she continues on her course to become that self-sufficient and contributing citizen this scholarship envisioned.


Cameodiamond Joseph