The Shawna Shea Film Festival is an annual fundraiser fot the Shawna Shea Memorial Fund which honors the memory of Shawna Shea, who at 16 tragically lost her life in an automobile accident in 1999. Her classmates memorialized Shawna by raising $10,000 and establishing The Shawna Shea Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a female Uxbridge High School graduate who exhibits the qualities of the late Shawna Shea, qualities that made her unique and made a lasting impact on everyone she touched in her short life here on Earth.
Those qualities are best described in a poem written by her father Skip Shea entitled, “She Rode Her Own Wave.” It begins like this:
She Rode Her Own Wave
inviting any and all on,
but never drifting off on others.
It was a large wave
with a direct route to the shore
passing us as the undertow
pulls us further out.
Since the establishment of the Shawna Shea Memorial Fund, dozens of young
women who have graduated from Uxbridge High School have received this award
to continue their education. We are truly blessed to be able to provide this
assistance in Shawna’s name since we know she would always want to help her
friends and anyone who lives on the margins and deserves everything beautiful
that life can give.
The Shawna Shea Memorial Fund also includes a memorial award in the name of
Michael Liberty, Shawna’s cousin. This award is presented to a male Uxbridge High
School graduate who exhibits the qualities of inclusion and respect for all abilities
Every year, Shawna’s family members and friends create fun and meaningful events to sustain The Shawna Shea Memorial Scholarship Fund to continue this legacy that honors Shawna, her character and her values.