Concord Announces the Formation of the Fredric W. Smith Scholarship

For Immediate Release: 
May 14 2006

Concord Announces the Formation of the Fredric W. Smith Scholarship

Athens, W.Va. – Concord University announces the formation of the Fredric W. Smith Scholarship.

“The scholarship was created from institutional funds to honor the memory of Fredric W. Smith,” announced Concord University President, Dr. Jerry Beasley. “Mr. Smith, the first principal of Pocahontas County High School, was an important leader in the creation of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He provided the organizational and political acumen that supplemented Dr. Roland Sharp's vision. He was also instrumental in raising funds to match a gift from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation endowment that brought another $750,000 to Concord. And, he chaired the Rotary District Scholarship Committee that selected two Concord graduates for Rotary's prestigious Ambassadorial fellowships. Later, he served as Rotary's district governor for southern West Virginia,” Beasley concluded.

WVSOM was founded in 1972 and accepted its first class of medical students in 1974. Today the school consists of nine structures on a picturesque campus. The facilities include the Main School Building, the Robert C. Byrd Clinic, the Fredric W. Smith Science Building, the Roland P. Sharp Alumni Conference Center, the James R. Stookey Library and Osteopathic Clinical Skills Lab, the Admissions Center, the Center for Rural Health and Technology and the Founders' Activity Center.

In October 1998, WVSOM named its science building in honor of the late Mr. Smith, longtime administrator at WVSOM, who passed away in August 1996.

WVSOM administrators felt it was a fitting tribute to Smith to name the building in his memory. "Fred meant a lot to this school. He was a valuable, dedicated employee of WVSOM, a tireless champion of osteopathic medicine and a staunch supporter of our school," said WVSOM President Olen E. Jones, Jr., Ph.D., at the naming ceremony.

Smith held leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. He was a member of the Governor's Rural Health Initiative Advisory Council and a consultant to the Committee on Colleges for the American Osteopathic Association. He was also the first president of the Greenbrier Valley Hospice.

The Fredric W. Smith Scholarship will benefit Concord University students who are West Virginia residents interested in either medicine or education.

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