Two SJU Seniors Honored with W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Prize Awards

Monday, December 3, 2007

Two Saint Joseph's University seniors, Kristen Mursch and Natalie Nash, have been named the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Prize Award recipients for the 2007-08 academic year.

Mursch, a chemistry major, and Nash, a biology major, each received a $5,000 grant to help with tuition. These grants are in addition to scholarship funds that these students have already received through the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust.

"This additional financial aid is a blessing," said Nash. "The lessening of my financial burden will allow me to focus more diligently on my studies."

The winners were chosen by a three-member review panel from a field of all students who had received scholarships from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust. According to guidelines, the awards are given to students "who have been judged to possess high personal character, have achieved academic distinction, have shown involvement in extracurricular or community activities, and evidence leadership skills."

The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust was established in 1977 and provides over $7 million annually in aid to groups in the Delaware Valley for basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing; scholarships for higher learning; and medical research, particularly in the fields of cancer research, heart disease and AIDS.  Saint Joseph's University is one of 30 universities that have received financial aid scholarships from the trust. To date, these contributions have totaled over $2 million, and benefited 765 students at SJU.

--David King '08

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