W.W. Smith Charitable Trust awards $68,000 in scholarships for DelVal students

Nov 09, 2012

Delaware Valley College received a $68,000 grant from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust to be used for scholarships.

On Nov. 7, the College held a luncheon to honor this year’s 34 scholarship recipients and thank the trust for its generosity.

College President Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan said that the student scholars are a group of diverse students with different goals, but what unites them is that they are all very grateful for the support.

Among the student scholars are a nontraditional student, Barbara Krier, who at age 50 is pursuing a counseling psychology degree to help elderly patients, a student who is one of nine children, and a secondary education major, who just days before the event got to meet the person who wrote his textbook at a DelVal lecture.

Dr. Brosnan read from the students' thank you notes at the event.

One student said, “Part of me believes this scholarship is too good to be true and part of me knows it is a miracle when I need it the most.”

A biology major wanted the trust to know that the investment in her education would be a good one and that she plans to go on to do research that will improve people’s health and lives.

Another student said, “This scholarship is more than just money to me. It is affirmation that the hard work I have put into my education has been noticed.”

With a tough economy and growing student loan debt, Dr. Brosnan said that scholarships are even more critical today.

“Thank you for what you have done for our students, the College, the Commonwealth, and our country by supporting scholarships,” said Dr. Brosnan.

W.W. Smith Grant Administrator Michelle Montgomery urged the students to use their educations to go out and give back and make a difference.

“Due to the vision of one person, the Trust is able to make funds available for these scholarships,”  said Montgomery. “If you don’t think you can make a difference, you can.”

The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust is based in Philadelphia. In the last fiscal year, the trust provided about $5.8 million in support for various causes. The trust provides grants for college financial aid programs; research related primarily to AIDS, cancer, and heart disease; and food, clothing, and shelter for children and the elderly.