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Through planned gift, alumnus creates endowed scholarship with a focus on service

The Thomas M. Smiddy ’88 and Sherri Smiddy Endowed Scholarship will support students who are active through Fraternity & Sorority Life, the Love School of Business or work-study.

‚ÄčDuring his undergraduate career, Tom Smiddy ’88 seized many opportunities to be active on campus, experiences he credits for the current success in his professional endeavors.

Smiddy’s engagement was defined by his time as a student manager at Harden Cafeteria (now McEwen Dining Hall), intramural sports official, WSOE Disc Jockey and as a proud member of Sigma Pi Fraternity. This dedication and desire to be challenged followed him after graduation, and in 2004 he decided to start his own company, Drive-Bye-Exterminators.

Despite his current success, Smiddy still wishes he took the chance to start his business earlier. Through the Thomas M. Smiddy ’88 and Sherri Smiddy Endowed Scholarship, he will ensure that a student has the motivation and security to strive for his or her goals. Rather than being based on academic achievement, the scholarship recipients will be chosen on their exceptional campus involvement for Fraternity & Sorority Life, the Martha & Spencer Love School of Business or work-study.

The announcement for the endowment comes on Elon Day, a day in which the entire Elon community joins together to support the university and its students. Tom and Sherri Smiddy truly embody what Elon Day represents and will continue to serve as role models for other partners, advocates and investors in Elon University.

Tom and Sherri Smiddy live in Clearwater, Florida.

Alex Saylor,
3/13/2018 3:30 PM