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   Date: 3/9/10 Bookmark and Share

Smith Coulter Scholars Attest to Lives Changed

Former Coulter Scholars talk about the scholarship and their lives since Smith (click on pictures to read their words):

Makhethe Mpoti ’08

Ana Florina Voica ’07

Diana Chiyangwa ’08

The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, a philanthropic organization for improving health care, established the Coulter International Scholars Program at Smith College in 2001.

From 2001 through 2004, the foundation, with the support of its Chief Financial Officer, Susan Racher ’75, awarded Smith expendable grants totaling $3,175,640 for Coulter International Scholarships. Over these four years, 21 scholarships have been awarded to students from developing nations who were the first generation of their family to attend college and who were interested in majoring in engineering or the sciences. The scholarship grants covered the students’ full comprehensive fee, as well as additional support for travel, internships, books and supplies, and emergency expenses.

In 2005, the foundation established the Wallace H. Coulter International Scholars Endowment Fund with a $1 million grant. Beginning with the class of 2009, and for each incoming class thereafter, this endowment is used to provide 25 percent of the full demonstrated need for an international student to attend Smith for four years, including tuition, room and board, health insurance, and student activity fees. Through other sources, Smith provides the remaining aid.

In total, the Coulter Foundation has awarded $4,175,640 in scholarship grants to Smith, and to date has made it possible for 26 students to come to Smith.

Countries represented to date by Smith Coulter Scholars include: Burma, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Nepal, Romania, Senegal, Swaziland, Tibet, Trinidad, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.


Smith Coulter Scholars gather.

Front row, left to right: Asmaa Maloul, Duc Nguyen, Esi Cleland, Dawa Yangzom, Patricia Chege. Second row (l-r): Aye Thuzar, Melecia Miller, Susan Racher ’75, Milen Yishak, Makhethe Mpoti, Ida Ngambeki, President Christ. Third row (l-r): Dean Hrayr Tamzarian, Florina Voica, Diana Chiyangwa, Soda Lo, Yanique Matthews, Kashina Dawkins.



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