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Proposals for grants to MSCHE two-year and four-year accredited colleges and universities are by invitation only and must be received by April 1. Grants must be used for student scholarships for those who meet the eligibility requirements as detailed in the Smith Scholars Program Guidelines. Institutions are required to screen financial aid applicants and award the Trust’s scholarship funds only to full-time undergraduate students who are in good academic standing and are considered most needy and worthy. Selected students are required to be permanent residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia counties, or the City of Camden, NJ. Out-of-state students (with the exception of the City of Camden, NJ) who gain residency status due to college enrollment are not eligible for funding. Proposals should detail the selection process used to identify qualified students whose financial needs are not being met by existing policies. Recipient institutions are visited once every two years by the Trust staff. Grant funds cannot be used for endowment, equipment, construction, capital campaigns, annual giving, or other purposes.


  • Invited colleges and universities must submit their applications online using the Trust’s grant portal Instructions will be emailed directly to each preselected school.
  • For institutions of higher education seeking consideration as a new partner for the scholarships program, submit your inquiry to

scholarships Grantee Spotlights

Temple University

Smith Scholars

Ursinus College

Smith Scholars