The Cameron Fitzwater
Memorial Scholarship Foundation
Mission & Purpose
The Cameron Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship Foundation was created to celebrate the life of Cameron Taylor Fitzwater by allowing Cameron’s life and aspirations to live on by helping others pursue their dreams of higher education. The Cameron Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship Foundation is about tragedy, triumph, and community spirit.
The Scholarship awards four (4) one-thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarships to selected applicants from each graduating class who have been accepted into a 2/4 year College/University or Technical School. The applicants must have participated in one or more of the activities that Cameron was dedicated to and involved in; Boy Scouts, Choir, Drama, MACC Academic Team, Track, Wrestling and/or Young Life. A committee of PCHS administrators, teachers, and staff select the scholarship recipients.
“God put me here to find more about who He is through me. I intend to search my soul for him…no matter how long it takes. I will live always, whether in flesh or spirit.
I will always endeavor to live life to the fullest.” ~ Cameron Fitzwater
On a rainy Wednesday afternoon, April 4, 2012, Cameron was headed to work at Panera Bread after school as he had done so many times before. Cameron known for living his life to its fullest hydroplaned and tragically died in a single vehicle accident. Cameron was only 18; just two months shy of graduation with plans to attend WVU in the fall.
Cameron was extremely active in school and in the community. He was Captain of the Wrestling Team, Captain of the Math MACC Academic Team, participated in Choir, Drama, Track, Young Life, and Boy Scouts where he was an accomplished Eagle Scout. In addition to attending Pulaski County High School, he also attended the Southwest Virginia Governor's School for Math and Science.
Cameron loved his town and volunteered as often as he could. He grew up volunteering with the local Habitat for Humanity helping in the office, fundraising, and with the construction of Habitat houses. He volunteered cutting fallen trees and removing the debris out of the roadways the night the tornado hit Pulaski in 2011. Cameron continued his volunteer efforts with Samaritan’s Purse in the days following. As a Boy Scout, he was involved in numerous service projects throughout the community, Camp Ottari and Camp Powhatan Boy Scout Camps. Wherever he could help, he was there.
Cameron found peace in the outdoors. He loved kayaking, rock climbing, repelling, hiking, camping, swimming, and hunting and many other interests. Cameron is best described as “God took all the crayons out if the box and coloring him inside and out.”
If you had ever met Cameron you would never forget him. Friends, teachers, and community leaders describe him as “talented”, “gifted”, “a natural leader”, “an extraordinary kid”, “His smile lit up our lives”, “always there when people needed you”, : sweet”, “funny”, “kind & so caring”, “whenever he walked in a room you knew he was there even if you didn't see him. But it wasn't because of a cocky attitude or anything like that. He was so happy and so humble. He loved people no matter what. If he saw someone sitting alone or someone having a bad day he would do everything in his power to cheer them up”, “You were so passionate and driven in EVERYTHING you ever did.”
Cameron, known for his adventurous spirit, his giving, loving, kind soul, and his signature smile believed in living simple. He inspired others to love God, appreciate nature, embrace their fears, and to live life a little more.
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 each day.