Nonprofits & Scholarships
Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will be available in December 2022-January 2023.
James Henry Smith, a lifelong resident of the North Highlands neighborhood of Columbus, was forced to quit high school to provide for his family upon the death of his father. He served his country in World War I, served his community as a fireman, and provided care to his mother until her death. Late in life, Henry married Gladys Manning Fails, a longtime employee of Swift Manufacturing and Bibb Mill in Columbus.
Neither Henry nor Gladys Smith was able to afford college. They created the James Henry Smith and Gladys Manning Smith Scholarship Fund in their estate plan to ensure that young people in the Columbus area are able to afford the education they could not. Thanks to the Smiths’ generosity and their strong belief in the power of education, generations of students in the Columbus area who might not otherwise be able to go to college will now be able to do so.
The Smith Scholarship:
- Is intended to help students with financial need, high character, and average and above scholastic merit achieve a college education.
- Will be paid annually to the two- or four-year accredited college or university of the student’s choice.
- Can be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, housing, books and “other reasonable costs associated with obtaining a full and rewarding college education”.
- Note: For most students, a scholarship grant used for tuition, fees, books, supplies and essential equipment is usually not taxable. Scholarship funds used for room and board, stipends and other purposes may be taxable. Scholarship recipients should consult a tax professional with questions about the tax implications of their scholarship grant.
- Will pay an annual amount determined by the endowed spending policy of the Community Foundation – approximately $6,000-$7,000 annually.
- Is renewable for four years based on continuous full-time enrollment (typically 12 or more credit hours) during each fall and spring semester the student receives the scholarship, and maintenance of a 2.0 GPA.
One Smith Scholar will be selected in 2022. Ideally, the successful applicant will share the same high character as that exemplified by the Smiths’ selfless dedication to the needs of others through their lives and their establishment of the Scholarship. We would expect the Smith Scholar to be able to demonstrate that character through service to their school, community, religious organization and/or job.
Eligibility & Application Process
Applicants for the Smith Scholarship must:
- Plan to enter college as freshmen in the Fall of 202.
- Hold primary residence in Muscogee County, Georgia.
- Be U.S. citizens at the time of their application.
- Not be immediate family members of any employee or board member of the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc.
- Complete a personal interview with the Smith Scholarship Committee if selected as a finalist.
- Demonstrate financial need, high character and average and above scholastic merit. Applicant should demonstrate character through service to their school, community, religious organization and/or job.
- Complete and submit as instructed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form (FAFSA), and submit in their application a copy of the first page of the resulting Student Aid Report (SAR). Financial information will be held in strictest confidence.
- Completed Application Due: Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 5 p.m.
- Notification of Finalist Status: April 2022
- Scholarship Announcement: late April - May 2022