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Nine CU Undergraduates Receive W.W. Smith Tuition Assistance Grants

September 26, 2012

Nine undergraduate students at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania were recently awarded tuition assistance grants provided by the W. W. Smith Charitable Trust of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Since 1979, The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust has given over $1.25 million in gifts to Cheyney, making the Trust one of the largest private supporters of the University.

Cheyney University’s Vice President for University Advancement & External Relations, Nancy L. Jones, stated, “The consistent giving each year by The W.W. Smith Charitable trust has enabled hundreds of students to secure financial assistance and graduate from the University. Without the support of the Trust, a college education would be impossible.”


The W. W. Smith grants are made to full-time undergraduate students at 30 locally accredited colleges and universities. Applicants are required to be permanent residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties or the City of Camden, New Jersey. In the Scholars Program, the number and percentage of students on aid determine the size of the Trust’s grant to each institution. Each institution’s financial aid office determines the dollar amount awarded to individual students, including non-traditional-age students. The Trust encourages the renewal of the scholarship aid for more than one year. Many students receive a grant for multiple years beginning their freshman year.


The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust, a private foundation established by philanthropist William Wikoff Smith, provides grants for three specific purposes: medical research in heart disease, cancer and AIDS; financial aid for full-time undergraduate students; and food, clothing and shelter for  children, families and the elderly. The Trust has made funds available for student financial aid for more than 60 years.