Hello Fellow Alumni,
I am extremely honored to announce the $5000 gift pledged by my mother (Denise Smith) and myself, toward Eastern Michigan University Black Alumni’s Scholarship Program for the inception of the Above All Odds Scholarship in memory of Mario D. Smith. This will be a $500 scholarship awarded over the next 10 years to 1 deserving student (each year) who exemplifies through community service, essay and enrollment his or her dedication to persevering through life’s challenges with a determination to achieve Above All Odds!
Mario D. Smith (my brother) had his life stolen from him at 16 years young (10 years ago). He was a Junior in High School, academic scholar, star football player, loved helping others; and had dreams of attending FAMU and becoming a doctor. However on November 30, 2002 those dreams were cut short. Not only would he never attend college, but he also never had the opportunity to graduate from high school. Education was extremely important to Mario, and he understood that achieving in life meant taking school seriously, but also taking the time to help others along the way.