Stephen Lynn Smith Memorial Scholarship for Social Justice

Stephen Lynn Smith (1944-2009) was born in Cedar Rapids and raised in nearby Marion. A 1963 graduate of Marion High School, he enrolled in the ROTC program at the State University of Iowa (the original name for the University of Iowa) that summer, majoring in engineering. Perhaps influenced by the 1963 March on Washington that August, Steve embraced the Civil Rights Movement. He soon joined the local chapter of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and in 1964 participated in Freedom Summer, an effort to register African Americans in Mississippi to vote. He was one of over 800 volunteers from across the country.

Two awards of $2500 each will be given to students demonstrating a commitment to the principles of social justice and progress. This award is open to undergraduate and graduate students


Friday, February 1, 2019


Graduate Student
Undergraduate Student

How to Apply

For all awards send completed application and supporting materials electronically to by February 1, 2019.

Information about eligibility and application procedures for all awards is available on the GWSS web site.