W.W. Smith Charitable Trust
Immaculata University has received a financial grant of $68,640 for the 2017-2018 academic year from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust. This year’s grant, approved for selected institutions, will allow Immaculata University to provide financial aid to its needy and worthy full-time undergraduate students (see list below). The Trust requires that the students selected be permanent legal residents of the Delaware Valley Area (Philadelphia and its neighboring counties) whose financial resources would not otherwise permit them to attend.
Since 1978, the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust has awarded cumulative gifts to Immaculata University of over $1.6 million dollars.
The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust was established by William Wikoff Smith former chairman of Kewanee Industries, ship enthusiast, and Philadelphia philanthropist. It was his hope to pass on to future generations the importance of giving to others and supporting the community. Since the time of his death in 1976, the Trust has awarded grants annually in the Delaware Valley region for medical research, college scholarships, and food, clothing and shelter for children and the aged. As stipulated by the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust, all funds awarded are to benefit students without regard to gender, race, color, creed or national origin.
Located on the Main Line in scenic Chester County, 20 miles west of Philadelphia, Immaculata University is a Catholic comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher learning. On November 12, 1920, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania granted a college charter at the request of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) thus making Immaculata the first Catholic women’s college in the region. The IHM Sisters’ mission of educating women for more than 165 years has produced approximately 22,000 alumni worldwide and currently has nearly 3,000 students enrolled in 53 undergraduate majors, seven master’s degree programs, three doctoral degree programs, and over 40 additional professional endorsement, certificate and certification programs. Immaculata University contributes to the development of the whole person of any faith, fostering a commitment to truth, service, justice, and peace.