Combining their passion for supporting deserving students in pursuit of higher education with their appreciation of family, Wendell and Beth Smith have generously established a new scholarship endowment in memory of Beth’s father. The Paul Dean Higginbotham Memorial Endowed Scholarship was created in honor of Mr. Higginbotham’s love, dedication, and everything he gave for his children in pursuit of higher education.
Pensacola State College (PSC) has played a special role in the lives of the Smith family. Wendell served as a PSC Board of Trustee for two years, from 2018 until 2020, and several members of the Smith family have attended PSC as students. Wendell also played a crucial role in fostering the strong partnership between the Gulf Power Foundation and PSC during his time in various roles at Gulf Power Company and as the Gulf Power Foundation Board Chairman.
This $20,000 endowment will benefit PSC electronic engineering technology students who maintain a 3.0 (or higher) grade point average and demonstrate financial need.