A generous gift from Elon parents Clay and Cameron Smith P’22 will endow a scholarship in the Elon College Fellows program. Their gift is part of the Elon LEADS Campaign whose top priority is increasing scholarship funding.
Elon parents Clay and Cameron Smith P’22, of Dallas have made a generous endowment gift to the Elon LEADS Campaign to establish the M. Clay Smith and Cameron B. Smith Elon College Fellows Endowment. The Smith Family Elon College Fellows Scholarship will be awarded to Fellows majoring in any discipline in Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences.
Elon’s six Fellows programs are rigorous, value-added, school-based programs that attract the best and brightest young minds who set the bar for academic excellence at Elon and strengthen the university’s national reputation for quality and innovation. Today, Fellows are making an impact on the world as leaders in education, medicine, business and communications among other fields.
Deepening funding for Fellows and all scholarships is the top priority of the Elon LEADS Campaign. Clay and Cameron’s daughter, Margaret Smith ’22, was an English major who thrived in Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences. The couple wanted to make the same outstanding experience possible for future Elon students.
“We think the Fellows program is a fantastic opportunity, and we are happy to contribute to it,” Clay Cameron said. “Everyone benefits from attracting high-caliber students to Elon.”
Gabie Smith, dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences“We thank Clay and Cameron Smith for their generous investment in scholarships for our Fellows program,” said Gabie Smith, dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences. “Their gift will allow Elon to continue to attract talented students who enhance our learning community each day.”
In addition to those within Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, the university offers Fellows programs in Honors, Business, Communications, Teaching and Leadership through the Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows program. Each program includes distinctive Fellows courses and faculty mentoring, housing options such as a Fellows living-learning community, and paid research assistantships or internships that challenge students to set and achieve their goals.
Clay and Cameron Smith contribute generously to education, youth, performing arts and other community causes in the Dallas area, as well as to Elon. The importance of philanthropy is something Clay learned from his father, Mark, growing up in Huntsville, Alabama.
“Our family’s philanthropy started with my father. He was a great man and focused on education as a core value,” Clay said. “He would not have been able to go to Georgia Tech to study engineering without a scholarship, so it’s been really rewarding to honor him with something that meant a lot to him, which was the quality of an education. This gift to Elon means a lot to us and I know it’s going to be very meaningful for upcoming students as well.”
“We are so grateful our daughter found Elon and had a wonderful four years there,” Cameron said. “It’s been an amazing experience for the whole family.”