Congratulations to Curtis Bishop who was awarded the 2016 Katie Higgins Memorial Scholarship!

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Last Updated June 30, 2016

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Hi, my name is Ashley. I am three years old and was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate.

Virginia Smiles, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded in 2002 to provide an essential link between families who are touched by cleft lip and/or cleft palate and the medical community that serves these patients.

Virginia Smiles is sad to report the sudden death of Katie Higgins, who was the first recipient of the Virginia Smiles College Scholarship. After receiving the scholarship, Katie achieved her Bachelor's degree from James Madison University, then went on to work as a Social Worker for Western State Hospital. She enjoyed helping others and working with children. In her memory, the Virginia Smiles Scholarship has been renamed the Katie Higgins Memorial Scholarship.

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  • Virginia Smiles Thanks its Supporters

    2016 Virginia Smiles Picnic
    Sunday, July 24, 2016
    11:30am - 1:30pm
    Nottoway Park
    9601 Courthouse Road
    Vienna, VA 22181
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    Food, Families, Fun and Games!

    Meet the recipient of the
    2016 Katie Higgins Memorial Scholarship!

    To RSVP, please email the number in your
    party to

    Catered by Red, Hot & Blue
    Desserts and donations are welcome!

    2016 Katie Higgins Memorial Scholarship
    Click here for application

    *If you are a parent of a child-to-be, or a newborn with a cleft lip/cleft palate, please CLICK HERE to read a special message from the Virginia Smiles Board of Directors.

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