W.W. Smith Charitable Trust awards $54,000 in scholarship funds to DelVal

Jul 02, 2013

President Brosnan with Grant Administrator Michelle Montgomery

President Brosnan with W.W. Smith Grant Administrator Michelle Montgomery

Delaware Valley College will receive $54,000 from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust to be used for student scholarships during the coming 2013-2014 academic year.

The College will award the scholarships – ranging from $2000 to $5000– to approximately 27 undergraduate students in good academic standing. Students must be enrolled full time with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and have demonstrated financial need. Recipients must also be permanent residents of Philadelphia County or the surrounding counties.

“The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust has been one of the College’s strongest supporters and we’re grateful to be selected again this year to be a recipient of funds from the Trust’s generous scholarship programs,” said College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan. “Scholarships are one of the most important gifts for institutions right now as we work to help keep higher education affordable.”

In 2012, scholarships supported by the Trust went to students including: a student who was an orphan, a Marine Corps veteran with a wife and two children, a mother of two, and a student from a family of nine children who was the third to go to college.

Last year, a recipient wrote, “part of me believes that this scholarship is too good to be true and the other part of me knows that this is a true miracle and it has come through when I needed it the most.”

Another wanted the Trust to know that the contribution would go toward improving the lives of many others.

The recipient wrote, “Rest assured, your contribution has gone to good use! … I look forward to conducting as much research as possible in the fields of immunology and cancer biology.”

Based in West Conshohocken, Pa., 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.