New Smith-Cooper Scholarship emphasizes more than just academic achievement – The Coastland Times

The new Smith Cooper Scholarship is about more than just academic achievement

Published on Sunday, May 5, 2024, 9:01 am

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced the creation of the Smith-Cooper Scholarship, a new four-year scholarship for Dare County students. Susan Smith of Kitty Hawk created the fund to honor the legacy of her late husband, Fred Smith, and his belief that a strong work ethic and a college education were key to success.

Susan Smith created the Smith-Cooper Scholarship to give students with a strong work ethic the opportunity to pursue college. The scholarship rewards academic achievement, but an important feature of the scholarship is that the student must also have an extracurricular activity.

“Going to college just opens up so many opportunities for young people,” Susan said. “It is this college experience, the opportunity to meet new people, encounter new ideas, and challenge thoughts and beliefs that contribute to becoming a well-rounded person.”

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Fred grew up in Trenton, New Jersey and no one in his immediate family had ever attended college. At the age of 12, he began delivering papers for the Trenton Timesand he held papers throughout high school.

Fred graduated from Cornell University and then attended Columbia University, where he earned his MBA. His career began at Prudential and for most of his professional life the Smiths lived in Atlanta, Georgia, with Fred working in finance and Susan as a career educator.

“Fred always said it was important to have a job from a young age to develop management and social skills,” Susan said. “We are looking for someone who is well-rounded, has a good work ethic and is serious about academic work,” Susan said.

For more information about this scholarship, please visit For more information about the Outer Banks Community Foundation, visit



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