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Sheldon E. and Joan S. Smith Scholarship for Public Service

The Sheldon E. and Joan S. Smith Scholarship for Public Service was established by Grant ’81 and Melissa (Smith) ’80, ’85 MPA Peacor. It is designed to provide assistance to a deserving junior or senior year student majoring in political science who is interested in pursuing a career in public service at the federal, state, or local level. The recipient must have a GPA of at least 3.0 and preference is given to a student with active involvement/volunteer work at the University or in his/her community and who has interests in public policy.


This scholarship is in memory of Sheldon E. Smith, Sr. who graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1950 and who, in addition to a successful business and entrepreneurial career, served in local government as a member of the Board of Selectmen for the town of Bethlehem, CT. Mr. Smith was known for his volunteer work in the town on such projects as rebuilding the town’s meeting place, Memorial Hall, following a devastating fire and founding the annual Bethlehem Christmas Festival.

The scholarship also honors Joan S. Smith who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Education in 1951. In addition to a career as an elementary and middle school teacher and the founding of a small business with her husband, Mrs. Smith served on the elected Region 14 School Board in Connecticut for over 20 years. In that role, Mrs. Smith helped oversee many improvements to the local school system.

Through their dedicated public service, Mr. and Mrs. Smith instilled in their six children, four of whom graduated from UMass, the joy of service and giving back to their communities.

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March 10, 2017


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