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Smith '39, Harvey E. Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Harvey E. Smith ’39 Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 with gifts from his family. Harvey was a 1939 graduate of the Akron Law School, then a small private school that later merged with The University of Akron as the School of Law. Harvey graduated from Ohio University in 1933 and began working for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron. He enrolled in the Akron Law School, working during the day and attending class at night, along with many others from Firestone and other local rubber companies at that time. Harvey dedicated his life to a career at Firestone, and he and his wife, Ruth, raised their family in Akron. They had two children, Doug and Camille, and two grandsons, Colby and Brian, who later became lawyers, both graduating first in their class.
Harvey retired from Firestone and continued working as a mediator, helping people settle their differences outside of the rigors of the courtroom. Harvey was a lifelong learner, having attended many law classes in his retirement as allowed through the University’s 60+ program. He was a beloved member of the School of Law community and is missed by the many who knew him. Harvey was a true example of a dedicated family man who believed in the values of hard work and continual learning.
The Harvey E. Smith ’39 Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund is designated to scholarships for School of Law students enrolled in the evening division who work full time and are in good academic standing. The ideal candidate should mirror Harvey’s example of hard work and dedication to education. Scholarship awards may cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board, all or in part.