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November 4, 2013

Averett University is pleased to announce the creation of a new scholarship — The Floyd and Marietta Smith Scholarship, which was made possible through a bequest to the Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund, Inc.

"We are honored that the Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund, Inc. chose to remember the Smiths and their legacy through the creation of a scholarship at Averett," said Buddy Rawley, vice president of institutional advancement. "This scholarship will positively impact the lives of Martinsville area students who choose to come to Averett, making a difference in their lives and allowing them to be catalysts for positive change in their communities."
The criteria for the scholarship are that it be awarded to a need-based resident of Martinsville or Henry County who is a member of a Baptist church, preferably. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of "C" or higher to retain the scholarship.

This fall, the $7,500 scholarship was shared by two students, Timothy "Ethan" Atwood of Collinsville and Danny Davis of Axton. Atwood is pursuing a degree in biology: environmental biology as well as minors in political science and mathematics. Davis is pursuing a degree in aerospace management: flight operations.

Upon their deaths the Smiths left funds to the Keesee Fund, which in turn felt an appropriate way to remember and honor the Smiths was to create a scholarship in their name at Averett.