A World of Possibility and Promise

The pursuit of a Ph.D. and supporting the next generation of leaders

Roy Smith poses with his wife on the left; on the right, a portrait of Roy as a college student

The pursuit of a Ph.D. and supporting the next generation of leaders

Working hard for success. That’s what motivated Roy Smith ’52, ’60 (M.A.), ’63 (Ph.D.) to pursue three degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill. Smith said his hardscrabble youth inspired him and his late wife, Mary Alice, to support others in their journey to achieve what he did during his time at UNC.

The couple established the Roy and Mary Alice Smith Fellowship Endowed Fund through The Graduate School to support future generations of students pursuing graduate degrees in chemistry.

“If it were not for the University, I would not be able to make this contribution at this point in time. It’s just as straightforward as that,” Smith said. “I’m proud of the work that I’ve been able to do. It was always my goal to give something back; that fund will go in perpetuity, and that means so much.”

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