Dr. Irene Putnam founded Smith Scholarship House in 1958 in memory of her late brother, Maitland E. Smith. The house, located three blocks south of the K-State campus, provides an affordable, self-sustaining cooperative living environment for male college students.
Each house member contributes to the organization through a weekly set of responsibilities.
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.
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.
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.