Friends, please support the Smith Society’s fund for Internships and Research Fellowships, which provides life-changing opportunities to former foster youth and other students the society serves at UC Santa Cruz.
DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT! Smith Society founder Bill Dickinson (Cowell '68) will match every dollar donated on Giving Day up to $10,000!
The Smith Society, based in Cowell College, is volunteer driven and entirely funded by private donations. Today, we are seeking your help to raise $20,000 to fund Internships and Research Fellowships for this academic year.
"The Smith Society has been integral to my success at UCSC. Their unwavering support and encouragement laid the foundation for me to dream big and pursue exciting opportunities. Their research fellowships and internship programs are creating unique pathways for students to get involved and build vital skills for their future."
(Chamonix Toledo is now a graduate student in the UCSC Coastal Science and Policy program.)
Named in honor of Eloise and Page Smith, who was the first provost of Cowell College, the Smith Society provides mentoring and financial support to UC Santa Cruz students who lack traditional family support. They include former foster youth, orphans, students whose parents were in prison or mental health facilities, or who experienced significant periods of homelessness growing up.
Our mission is to provide a supportive intergenerational community to help them thrive in the pursuit of their dream of a college education. Smith Internships and Research Fellowships expand their educational experience, giving students opportunities to participate in internships at local nonprofit agencies or do research with UC Santa Cruz faculty. Both are proven to be life-changing experiences.
Your donation will give Smith students amazing opportunities to grow and enhance their UC Santa Cruz education.
Thank you for your support!
The Smith Society