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Be A Champion for Youth and Families!

The Michael Daniel Smith and Alexander Tyler Smith Scholarship is funded by an endowment created by Mr. Robert L. Thomas and awarded to the University of South Carolina in memory of the boys, who died under tragic circumstances. Each year, the Institute for Families in Society is pleased to offer one scholarship of $1500 to a full-time undergraduate student from the USC Columbia campus who shows outstanding promise as a helping professional for children and families in need.

Applications for the 2017 Award are now being accepted.

To apply, the student must be recommended by a faculty member in psychology, social work, public health, or nursing. The application materials are linked below.

Eligibility:

  1. Be of junior level standing
  2. Major in psychology, social work, public health, or nursing
  3. Plan to pursue a career to support and strengthen children and families.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Cheri Shapiro at cshapiro@mailbox.sc.edu

2017 Smith Scholarship Application_Student (Completed by the student)

2017 Smith Scholarship Application_Faculty
(Completed by the recommending faculty member)



2016 Smith Scholarship Recipient:
Kaitlin McLaughlin



(L-R): Dr. Cheri Shapiro, Mrs. Sparky Thomas, Kaitlin McLaughlin, Mr. Bob Thomas (Smith Scholarship Benefactor), Dr. Kathleen Hayes



(L-R): Dr. Cheri Shapiro; Kaitlin McLaughlin; Jill Lawson, LMSW (USC College of Social Work); Dr. Kathleen Hayes

Kaitlin McLaughlin From Baltimore, MD, Kaitlin is working to earn her Bachelor's degree in Social Work in May 2017. Her field placement for the program is with Palmetto Place Children's Shelter, a safe haven for abused and neglected children and unaccompanied teens. Kaitlin is also the current President of the Undergraduate Social Work Student Association and is planning projects for the coming year aimed at increasing community involvement of her cohort through various programs and agencies. Following graduation, she will attend graduate school to pursue a Master's degree focused on working with children and families. She plans to use her education to better the lives of children in foster care and increase public awareness of the unique needs of children and families within the foster care system. We are honored to have Kaitlin as our 2016 Smith Scholarship recipient.

Be A Champion for Youth and Families!

The Michael Daniel Smith and Alexander Tyler Smith Scholarship is funded by an endowment created by Mr. Robert L. Thomas and awarded to the University of South Carolina in memory of the boys, who died under tragic circumstances. Each year, the Institute for Families in Society is pleased to offer one scholarship of $1500 to a full-time undergraduate student from the USC Columbia campus who shows outstanding promise as a helping professional for children and families in need.

Applications for the 2017 Award will be available here in December 2016.

To apply, the student must be recommended by a faculty member in psychology, social work, public health, or nursing.

Eligibility:

  1. Be of junior level standing
  2. Major in psychology, social work, public health, or nursing
  3. Plan to pursue a career to support and strengthen children and families.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Cheri Shapiro at cshapiro@mailbox.sc.edu



Previous Smith Scholarship Recipients

Kelsey Thompson
Kelsey Thompson
2015
Ben Walker
Ben Walker
2014
Amanda Hunsucker
Amanda Hunsucker
2014

 

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