The Laura Recovery Center proudly announces that Friendswood High School graduate Ryan Bynum is the 16th recipient of the Laura Smither Scholarship. This annual $3,000 scholarship honors the memory of Laura Kate Smither, who was abducted and murdered in Friendswood, April 3, 1997. Laura's parents, Bob and Gay Smither, are so proud of all past scholarship recipients and the many accomplishments they have made in their lives. The Smithers have no doubt that Ryan will represent the scholarship and the memory of Laura well.
Ryan grew up in Friendswood and has 1 sibling. He has been accepted to Auburn University in Alabama, following his family's tradition, where he will pursue an undergraduate degree in science and prepare to take his MCAT to study medicine. He looks forward to working with professors at Auburn, where students participate in research studies starting in their freshman year. His dream and calling is to become a general practitioner so that he can help others. Following his degree, he hopes to be accepted to the University of Alabama for medical school.
Ryan participated in Science Fair throughout his schooling and received many 1st place awards for his projects, including 1st Place Senior Division Biochemistry & Microbiology in 2011. During his high school career he has participated in the FHS band as the Bass Drum Captain and is a 4 year Letterman. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has been in the gifted and talented program throughout his schooling. In addition Ryan has given back to his community in many ways including mission work and church activities in the Third Ward in Houston. Ryan is an Eagle Scout, which he earned in 2012. His Eagle Scout project at the Garden Learning Center at Cline Elementary School included rebuilding the raised vegetable and flower beds and repainting the fencing.
Gay Smither noted that “Ryan Bynum exemplifies our scholarship, which is merit based with an emphasis on community service. Ryan's resume reveals his heart for the community by giving of himself, to help others. We believe that he will go on to enjoy an illustrious career and be an asset to the community at large.” Bob Smither added “We are proud to have this young man represent our daughter, Laura, in the world and we wish him all the best for his college career.”
The Laura Recovery Center and the Laura Smither Scholarship Committee wish Ryan Bynum every success in his college years and beyond. God Speed Ryan!