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Kansas State University

About Us

History

Smith Scholarship House was founded in 1958 by Dr. Irene Putnam in memory of her late brother, Maitland E. Smith. The house is located a mere three blocks from campus and provides affordable living for college students. Smith House has a self-sustaining, cooperative living environment. Each house member contributes to the success of the organization by performing a set of weekly responsibilities to complete for the house as a while, ranging from cooking dinner on Monday afternoons to vacuuming the hallways on another day.

Smith Scholarship House Crest

The crest of Smith Scholarship House displays our core values: Leadership, Scholarship, and Fellowship.

Leadership

Smith Scholars are provided with many opportunities to develop their leadership skills. Since Smith House is largely a self-governing entity, residents will have the prospect of taking part in the governance of the program. They may serve as the chairman of a house committee such as Community Service or Fundraising-each of which is dedicated to improving the program. They may also provide vision and direction to the house by being an executive officer such as President or House Manager. The leadership skills acquired during a student's time in the Smith Scholarship House will help develop him into a leader.

Scholarship

Smith Scholarship House encourages its members to maintain a high level of academic excellence by requiring residents to maintain a minimum grade point average while they are a part of the Smith House program. Furthermore, the house awards a Putnam Scholarship each year to the member who achieves the highest grade point average. The Scholarship Chairman and Committee are established to help students perform at the peak of their academic abilities.

Fellowship

Smith Scholarship House is dedicated to providing Smith Scholars with a sense of fellowship with one another and with the community around them. Members may come from a multitude of backgrounds, but they soon learn that the program must have unity to operate successfully.