New pharmacy scholarship honors longtime West Virginia pharmacist

Providing students with the opportunity to thrive and receive a quality education is something our donors feel very strongly about. Suzanne and Timothy Fox feel no differently.

With scholarships being a top priority for the School of Pharmacy at West Virginia University, donors are appreciated more than ever before in giving students the opportunity and resources needed to succeed.

Both Suzanne and Tim are graduates of West Virginia University. As major supporters of West Virginia University and receiving a quality education, Suzanne and Tim established a scholarship to support pharmacy students. With a generous donation from Suzanne and Tim, and a corporate match from Tim’s company, T. Rowe Price Group, the result is a combined gift totaling $25 thousand.

The Jack H. Smith Family Pharmacy Scholarship was established not only to honor Suzanne’s father, but to assist a student who holds the same values as her father – generosity, community involvement, quality citizenship and an outstanding passion for receiving an education. Jack was a 1956 graduate from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, and the endowed scholarship also honors Jack’s father (Suzanne’s grandfather) who was a pharmacist in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

“He would be very humbled. Education, Pharmacy, WVU – those were all things that were very important to Daddy,” stated Suzanne in regards to how her father would feel about the establishment of the scholarship.

Being described as someone with a “million dollar smile” and a “great pharmacist with a charming attitude,” the scholarship will be awarded to School of Pharmacy students who possess similar qualities to Jack, all while being engaged in the community and maintaining outstanding grades. While preference will be given to West Virginia residents, the scholarship may be awarded to any student who fits the description.

Suzanne and Tim grew up in Fairmont, West Virginia, where Suzanne’s father practiced as a pharmacist. Tim is a 1979 graduate from the College of Business and Economics. Suzanne is a 1981 School of Pharmacy graduate. Jack’s wife, Mary Margaret (1955) and other daughter, Margaret Ellen (1983), both graduated from WVU with degrees in elementary education.

The gift was made to the WVU Foundation in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University which continues through December 2017.

February 15, 2017