Smith Establishes Scholarship at BGSU Firelands

 Huron, Ohio – Bowling Green State University Firelands College is proud to announce the creation of the Richard P. “Dick” Smith BGSU Firelands Scholarship which will be available to students next fall semester.

 The endowed scholarship is funded by Dick Smith, a native of Norwalk, Ohio, and owner of Dick Smith Realty in Milan, Ohio.  Smith is a 1974 graduate of BGSU Firelands where he was also student body president and president of the BGSU Firelands Viet Nam Veterans.

 Smith’s commitment to the BGSU community extended well beyond his graduation and included service on the BGSU Firelands College Advisory Board for ten years, membership on the BGSU Continuing & Extended Education Advocates Board, and he currently serves on the BGSU Firelands Development Board.

 In 1997, Smith was awarded BGSU Firelands College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for achievement in his vocation, service to his community and commitment to BGSU Firelands.

As an endowment, the Richard P. “Dick” Smith BGSU Firelands Scholarship will be awarded each year to a BGSU Firelands student with junior or senior standing.  Applicants for the $1,000 award must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average and exhibit financial need.  Preference will also be given to non-traditional students who live in Erie or Huron counties, but these are not requirements.

 Smith, who was actively employed while he was earning his degree in the 70s, has stipulated that recipients of the scholarship must also demonstrate that they are contributing to their educational expenses by working in addition to their educational responsibilities.

 For information on scholarship opportunities at BGSU Firelands, or to apply for the Richard P. “Dick” Smith BGSU Firelands Scholarship, please contact the Admissions Office at 419-433-5560.

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BGSU Firelands is a regional campus and one of the seven colleges of Bowling Green State University.  Offering 14 associate degrees, eight complete bachelor degrees, two master degree programs, and a variety of one-year certificate programs and training opportunities, BGSU Firelands puts education within reach for all community members.  Located in Huron, Ohio, the scenic regional campus offers the advantages of a personalized education with the resources of a much-larger university.