Bryan Deshon Smith

MHU Student Receives Scholarship from Broyhill Family Foundation

Bryan Deshon Smith

Mars Hill University student Bryan Deshon Smith has received a scholarship from the Broyhill Family Foundation. Smith is a business administration major from Athens, Georgia.

“My experience at Mars Hill University has been phenomenal due to the amazing professors, amazing students, and the beautiful campus,” said Smith. “Receiving this scholarship means the world to me and will allow me to successfully complete my fall semester without worrying about finances.”

Grainger Caudle, professor of economics, and other business department faculty select the recipients each year. He says the professors look at students’ need, perceived obstacles, and degree of effort. He describes Smith as a hard-working student who perseveres through whatever challenges come his way. “He is one of those students that makes you feel really good about Mars Hill’s work and one you just want to help take care of,” said Caudle. “I am very pleased that we could provide Bryan with this support and encouragement. I know it will make a big difference in his, and his family’s, lives.”

“Bryan Smith is a quality young man who is dedicated not only to bettering himself, but those around him,” said Smith’s track and field coach, Richard Clarke. “He leads by example both on and off the track. He challenges and encourages his peers. These qualities are but a few of the reasons he is the captain of the MHU Track & Field team and a man deserving of this great scholarship.”

The Broyhill Family Foundation set up an NC 529 Scholarship Account through College Foundation, Inc. (CFI) in 2012 to support scholarships for students in business schools at Gardner-Webb University, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and Mars Hill University. The available award amount is split evenly among the three schools each year. This year each school was able to award a scholarship for more than $4,000 to a deserving student.

About Mars Hill University

Mars Hill University is a premier private, liberal arts institution offering over 30 baccalaureate degrees, as well as master’s degrees in criminal justice, elementary education, and management. Founded in 1856 by Baptist families of the region, the campus is located just 20 minutes north of Asheville in the mountains of western North Carolina. The university’s Asheville Center for Adult and Graduate Studies is located on Airport Road in Arden.

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