To: Montgomery College Community From: Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, President Subject: Juneteenth Recognition: Montgomery College…
Montgomery College Foundation Secures New $50,000 Gift from the David Bruce Smith Family Foundation
Donation to Create Scholarship and Support American Literature Courses
The Montgomery College Foundation has received a $50,000 gift from the David Bruce Smith Family Foundation, a private charitable foundation that supports pre-selected organizations in the areas of education, arts, humanities and social services. This gift will be split evenly to create the Steven Smith Memorial Scholarship and the David Bruce Smith American Literature Fund.
“With this gift, David Bruce Smith, president of the David Bruce Smith Family Foundation, will ensure that Montgomery College students who need financial assistance can continue to pursue their dreams of higher education,” said Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College. “His generosity will also support enhanced College curricula for our students.”
The scholarship is named in memory of Steven Smith, David Bruce Smith’s older brother who died in 2003.
“Steven was a clever entrepreneur who operated businesses from the time he was a kid,” said Smith, when recalling memories of his brother. “During the 1980s and 1990s he owned and operated four automobile dealerships in Northern Virginia and Rainbow Adworks, an advertising agency in Washington. He also collected vintage magazines and rock ‘n roll and television memorabilia.”
“I am in favor of enhancing the American literature courses, because exposure to the great writers such as Twain, Cather, Wharton and others has diminished. It is important that students receive a balance between the arts and sciences during their college careers,” Smith said, regarding the creation of the David Bruce Smith American Literature Fund.
David Bruce Smith’s books and the art of his mother, Clarice Smith, were featured in the College’s “Continuum” exhibit in 2010. He is the son of the late Robert H. Smith.
Mr. Smith also wrote the introduction to the catalog for the “Reflections: Mentor and Protégé” art exhibit, which is currently on display at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center. Located at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, the exhibit is on display until December 16, 2011.