At the centennial gala on September 29th, Tom Smith took the podium to announce big news for the RCM Scholarship Committee. Tom and Genie Smith have contributed the first endowed scholarship of the Scholarship Fund in the amount of $100,000, in honor of Tom’s parents.
Tom is the son of Gordon and Elizabeth Smith. Gordon was a member of Rotary for 30 years, and was president in 1976-77. “He always appreciated the good that Rotary did in the community,” Tom said. Gordon died in 2011, and Elizabeth died in 2006. In keeping with the goals of the RCM Scholarship program, the Gordon and Elizabeth Scholarship fund will be aimed at Milwaukee students who are good students but who do not have access to scholarships.
“We wanted to do something to honor both of my parents by creating this fund,” Tom said. “They were always firm believers in strong public education systems.”
Prior to the Smiths’ generous gift, the Scholarship Fund was supported solely by the proceeds of the RCM Scholarship Golf Classic. The endowed Gordon and Elizabeth Smith Scholarship will augment the golf outing funds and allow the committee to award an additional $4,500 in scholarships each year in perpetuity, beginning in 2013. This may go to one or more students depending on student needs.
The RCM scholarship program currently supports 16 scholars. In addition to a financial award, students are supported by 2 RCM mentors and receive study skills training.