Until August, Marilyn Shelton had been a smoker for 47 years, until finally deciding life was worth more than the health risks smoking invited, emphatically scribbling "I''m done smoking" on her last pack, the article stated.
According to the article, last month, just shy of her two-month anniversary of being smoke free, Shelton wrote a check for $1,500, which will be divided between two scholarship recipients.
Shelton sees the money as a way to cement her commitment and as an incentive for students to toss out their own packs, the article noted.
Superintendent Gregory Baracy said that this is the first time a college scholarship has been tied to a health benefit such as smoking cessation, the article added.
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