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The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Awards Delaware Valley University a $73,000 Grant for Scholarships

Nov 20, 2018

The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Awards Delaware Valley University a $73,000 Grant for Scholarships

Credit: Delaware Valley University. Brian Jones, the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust grants administrator, and DelVal President Dr. Maria Gallo met with the W.W. Smith Scholars on campus.

The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust awarded Delaware Valley University a $73,000 grant for student scholarships for the 2018 to 2019 academic year. The University awards the scholarships – ranging from $2,000 to $7,000– to full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and demonstrated financial need. Recipients must also be permanent Pennsylvania residents from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia counties, or be from the City of Camden, New Jersey. 

“I think the W.W. Smith scholarships are a good way of helping people stay in school because students get more support that way to come to school,” said Vincent DiLeo ’20, one of this year’s W.W. Smith Scholars. “The scholarship from the Trust helped me to be able to come back this year. I think the Trust does a good job of helping students overall at DelVal. I know I’m not the only one who it helps to have this support.”

Every other year, DelVal invites representatives from the Trust to a lunch with the scholars to learn directly from them about their challenges and aspirations. This year, Brian Jones, the W.W. Smith grants administrator, visited campus to meet scholarship recipients and tour the campus.

Based in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust is a private foundation established through the will of William Wikoff Smith. The Trust is specifically-focused on areas involving basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter; supplementing higher education scholarship programs; and basic medical research primarily in heart disease, cancer, and AIDS.

Since 1977, The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust has awarded over $70 million dollars in scholarships for students who are permanent residents of the five-county Greater Philadelphia area and the City of Camden, New Jersey.