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Gerald P. "Jerry" Smith
The Jerry Smith Family Endowed Scholarship Fund
Jerry Smith was the first person in his family to graduate high school. After a summer of working in a St. Louis factory, his supervisor asked when he'd be leaving to go to college; Jerry had no plans, but the man saw something in this recent grad and encouraged him to think it over.
A-State had a baseball team. That's what brought him here, but it was his Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity brothers who helped him see the value of an education. After a career in the computer industry as well as owning his own business in partnership with a fraternity brother, Jerry has been back in the Mid-South for more than two decades.
The Heber Springs resident, who continues his involvement with his alma mater, helped to locate a sister campus in Heber. Because he believes A-State gave him a good foundation, he has made an irrevocable estate gift to establish a scholarship endowment at the Jonesboro and Heber Springs campuses, as well as fund the Jerry Smith Family Pavilion at ASU-Heber Springs.