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August 28, 2006
DH 06 RH57
Contact: Russ Hudson,
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Former Carson Mayor and Wife Establish Scholarship for College of Education and College of Business Students
Carson, CA—Former Carson mayor Gil Smith and his wife, Shirley, have pledged $10,000 over a five-year period to
build a scholarship fund to benefit students in the College of Education and the College of Business
Administration and Public Policy. A $1,000 annual award will go to a student in each of the two colleges.
“We wanted to make certain that our dollars went to efforts that we both are very supportive of, namely
education and public administration,” says Gil, one of the founders of CSU Dominguez Hills and a current
member of the President’s Advisory Board. “We feel this is a time to give back once more to the community.
We know that many first-year students have financial needs for a variety of things. Some of them, even as
they return for a master’s degree, need some assistance as well.”
A member of the first city council of Carson, Smith chaired the committee that worked to establish CSUDH
in the newly founded city in 1968.
“We believed that the University’s presence within our incorporated boundaries would help to raise the
city’s image and profile,” he says, “and provide an opportunity for collaborative and cooperative efforts in
planning a new city while serving the entire South Bay.”
The city of Carson, which narrowly missed being named the city of Dominguez when it was founded in 1968,
has enjoyed a collaborative relationship with the University in various programs, such as the Carson-Dominguez
Hills Symphony,conducted by Frances Steiner, emeritus professor of music; and the Fine Arts Commission,
which bestows an award on a student in the Art Department at its yearly senior show.
Shirley Smith, who has made her own stamp on the city as president of Women and Philanthropy, says that
she and her husband “feel a sense of responsibility to help the next generation of leaders, to make sure
they get a good start,and that they are able to achieve their goals.”
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