MANSFIELD – Galion resident Vic Smith has pledged significant support to making higher education more affordable and accessible to local students with a significant contribution to The Ohio State University at Mansfield’s But For Ohio State Mansfield capital campaign.
A $250,000 gift will help establish the NCSC Buckeye Scholarship and aid in the Bromfield Information Commons renovation. The NCSC Buckeye Scholarship is being established by campus to assist graduates of North Central State College in continuing their education at Ohio State Mansfield. The objective of the scholarship fund is to help close the tuition gap between the two institutions. The renovation of the Bromfield Information Commons is refitting the building with the necessary equipment and improved space to provide a 21st Century research and learning environment.
Smith personally received scholarship support from a small town service club to attend The Ohio State University in the 1940s. While he was at Ohio State, he paused his studies to serve his country during World War II. Upon his return and graduation, he has built a legacy as both a successful businessman and tireless community supporter. Smith also has an extensive history of giving back to the community and to North Central State College, including the creation of the Blue Orange Scholarship Endowment for Galion graduates attending NCSC, and other generous contributions in support of workforce development.
In support of higher education in his community, Smith desires to simply “Give young people the opportunity to earn college credits at an affordable rate.” His generosity has reached students locally and statewide. His son, Matt Smith adds the Smith family’s support is “Simply part of living in the neighborhood.”