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New students to benefit from biggest scholarship in Providence history
2015-12-08
 
Incoming students pursuing full-time studies at both Providence University College and Providence Theological Seminary will have a chance to benefit from a new, annual scholarship during the 2016-17 school year.
 
The Ross and Dorothy Smith Memorial Scholarship will provide $10,000 apiece to the recipients (one in the University College; one in the Seminary), who will be announced no later than July 1, 2016.
 
To be considered for the University College award, applicants will be Canadian citizens, will live in residence at Providence, and will be enrolled in a degree program comprising at least 30 credit hours over the fall and winter semesters. A 600-word essay describing past and present church and volunteer involvement, and expounding on how Providence will prepare the applicant to follow Christ and grow in knowledge and character for leadership and service, will be part of the application process. Further details are available on the University College website.
 
The Seminary recipient will meet similar criteria, although the credit hour threshold will be 24 and a 1,000-word essay will be required. Additional information can be attained by visiting the Seminary website.
 
All applications must be received by April 1, 2016.
 
Ross (1930-2008) and Dorothy (1930-2014) Smith met in Calgary, where both worked for Shell Oil, and were married in 1956. Ross earned a degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford; Dorothy was one of the first women to graduate as a drafter from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
 
Upon relocation to Winnipeg, Ross was appointed Vice President at James Richardson and Sons and was a member of the Providence Board of Governors between 1988 and 2000. Additionally, he served as president of the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, whom Dorothy cheered on with her famous whistle.
 
The Smiths supported numerous Christian charities and initiatives, and now, ahead of the 2016-17 school year, bequeath the biggest scholarship in Providence history through their estate.
 
Their generous contribution will help enable Providence to continue training difference-makers for service in workplaces, communities, and churches.
 
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