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Program Description:
Philbrook W. Smith and Edgar R. Hartt '98 History Scholarship

Established by friends and family in 2001, this endowment honors Dr. Philbrook W. Smith, a former history professor who taught at Juniata from 1955 until his retirement in 1998. He was Charles A. Dana Professor of History and the chairperson of the history department for many years. Dr. Smith, who believed that travel is, in itself 'study' and his wife, Mary Ann, spent much of their spare time traveling.

Edgar R. Hartt ’98 enrolled at Juniata in August 1994 after retiring from his professional career in May of that year. He worked for 31 years in corporate law at F.L. Smithe Machine Co., Inc., serving as in-house counsel and vice president of administration for the manufacturing company in Duncansville, Pa. Ed, an alumnus of Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), had a law degree from St. John’s University and a graduate degree in law from New York University—nevertheless, his heart was at Juniata. During the 1998 Juniata Spring Convocation Ed was one of the recipients of the John R. and Emma G. Wald Humanities Prize. Later that year, he graduated cum laude from Juniata with a degree in history/art history. It was during Ed’s years at Juniata that he and Philbrook developed a friendship that would continue to grow: they shared an intense curiosity and a caustic sense of humor. Philbrook was one of Ed’s professors and also served as an academic advisor. Ed was instrumental in establishing the Philbrook Smith Scholarship Fund in memory of his dear friend who had died in March 1999 while traveling in Portugal.

When Ed passed away in March 2005, Mary Ann Smith ’55 was deeply saddened and felt that the close friendship the Smiths and Hartts shared could be best reflected by adding Ed’s name to the Philbrook Wilder Smith Memorial Fund. This gesture thus memorialized Philbrook and Ed's friendship and also paid tribute to the special bond between faculty member and student.

This endowed memorial fund will be awarded to a student traveling abroad to provide assistance with the cost of travel. Preference shall be given to students with a POE in history. Selection shall be made by the Provost in consultation with the History Department.

To apply for this scholarship, submit an essay addressing the philosophy of this scholarship, where you are applying to and why you are interested in going to the particular program abroad specifically as it applies to your major and why you deserve this scholarship. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 12/02/2019 01/14/2020 TBA TBA