Established in 2011, this scholarship was created to honor William A. Smith's dedication and service as a faculty member in the Department of Recreation Administration at Eastern Illinois University. Eligibility criteria for this scholarship includes the following: the recipient must be a full-time student majoring in Recreation Administration, accepted to Eastern Illinois University. The recipient must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 and shall have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in the major. Financial need shall be considered at the discretion of the committee. The selection committee shall require an essay of the applicants on a topic to be determined by the selection committee. Special consideration will be given to service and professional involvement, academic achievement, scholarship and leadership. The recipient may be eligible to receive the award again provided he/she continues to meet the stated criteria. The award shall be announced in the Spring and paid in the Spring to Eastern Illinois University to be first applied against costs (tuition, fees, housing, etc.) associated with the recipient attending Eastern Illinois University. Any remaining amount will be disbursed to the recipient. For more information, contact the Department of Recreation Administration.