Institute for Families in Society

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 Michael and Alexander, who died under tragic circumstances. Each year, the Institute for Families in Society is pleased to offer one scholarship ($1500-$2000, depending on available funds) to a full-time undergraduate student from the UofSC Columbia campus. The student will show outstanding promise in becoming a helping professional for children and families in need. To be eligible, students must be a junior in standing and a Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, or Public Health major. The scholarship funds will be awarded during the student’s senior year.


To be eligible to apply, the student must be

  1. Of Junior level standing
  2. Major in Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, or Public Health on the Columbia Campus of UofSC
  3. Planning to pursue a career in direct service to children, youth, or families, and
  4. Be recommended by a faculty member in Psychology, Social Work, Public Health, or Nursing.

NOTE: Completed applications must be submitted by 5pm on Friday March 17, 2023. The scholarship awardee will be notified prior to semester end. 

The application has two parts, one for the recommending faculty member to complete and one for the student applicant to complete. Both parts of the application need to be completed and submitted via email to Sheila Heatley at by 5pm on Friday March 17, 2023.

(Applications can also be printed, scanned and then faxed to the attention of Sheila Heatley at 803-777-1120, by the same deadline).

Questions? Please contact Dr. Cheri Shapiro at