The Stone Ledges Scholarships are awarded to students in the Four Cities Compact who wish to continue studying in their Career Tech field at the post-secondary level.
These scholarships vary in amounts and are subject to change each year. These decisions are made by the Board of Trustees and are subject to any changes the board deems appropriate.
The Stone Ledges Charitable Trust was started in 1999 by Mel Smith of Wadsworth. Born in Barberton, Mel was a civil engineer and co-owner of Smith and Stonebraker. He was also a World War II Navy Vet. Mel was a quiet and private person and he shared little about his personal life. He wished to remain anonymous, while alive, as the benefactor of Stone Ledges Scholarships.
Mel was very clear on several occasions that his purpose in providing scholarships was to help students in the “hard trades” get started on an associates degree at a community college.
Over the years, we expanded the scholarships to cover ALL programs that are part of the Four Cities Compact.
In 2010, Mel knew that the inevitable was not far off. He established the current foundation so that his scholarships could be awarded in perpetuity. Mr. Smith passed away on January 16, 2016, and donated his remaining assets to the foundation. Because of Mel’s generosity, we have now doubled our assets and therefore, the amount of scholarship money to be awarded each year.
We expect to award approximately $45,000 this year, bringing the lifetime total to almost $500,000.