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ISU announces Gerald Smith Scholarship

May 13, 2009

A scholarship has been established in memory of Indiana State University business student Gerald Smith of Avon who died shortly after completing a bachelor's degree in insurance and risk management.

Initial funding comes from a portion of the money donated for a reward fund after Gerald was reported missing on May 1. His body was found on May 8 and he was recognized with a moment of silence during ISUâ€TMs spring commencement the next day.

The ISU foundation is accepting additional donations for the Gerald Smith Memorial Scholarship that will benefit a College of Business student who shares Geraldâ€TMs interests.

The first scholarship will be presented to an existing undergraduate student during the College of Business Honors Day in April 2010 when Gerald's parents, Robin and Billy Hill, also will be recognized.

ISU's Cunningham Memorial Library is also adding several books to its collection in Gerald's memory.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Weaver and Randolph Funeral Home, 102 S. Indiana Street in Danville, Ind. Visitation will be from 3 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Donations to the Gerald Smith Memorial Scholarship may be made by contacting the ISU Foundation at 812-237-3732.


Media contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or