The Smullin Foundation: Supporting Oregon Scholars
Meeting scholarship recipients is “always delightful,” says Carol Anne Smullin Brown, President and Executive Director of the Patricia D. & William B. Smullin Foundation, provider of one of SOU’s largest scholarships. “It’s a great privilege to support Smullin scholars.”
Brown’s sister is Patsy Smullin, president of California Oregon Broadcasting Incorporated (COBI), also a strong supporter of Southern Oregon University. COBI’s Medford station, KOBI, broadcasts a monthly “State of the University” series featuring Dr. Mary Cullinan, SOU president.
Carol Anne and Patsy’s father, William B. Smullin, endowed the Smullin Scholarship fund in 1987. Three years later, he established the Patricia D. & William B. Smullin Foundation. It’s one of six college scholarship programs created by William B. Smullin in Oregon and California. The mission of the family’s foundation is to help educate the citizens of northern California and southern Oregon through gifts to higher education, health education, and the Episcopal Church.
To be eligible, SOU’s Smullin scholarship applicants must come from Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Lane, Deschutes, Crook, or Wallowa Counties. Applicants must also submit an essay on the benefits of the free enterprise philosophy. William B. Smullin was a pioneer of radio, television, and cable television in southern Oregon and northern California. He received many awards for his achievements, including the National Association of Broadcasters’ Distinguished Service Award. He was also inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.
Eight Smullin scholarships are awarded each year to SOU students, four to women and four to men. The awards are intended to cover 75 percent of a student’s tuition and fees.
“My father was a strong supporter of education,” says Carol Anne. Inspired by his own undergraduate studies at Willamette University, William “wanted to help young people in the counties served by COBI stations.” The hundreds of alumni who have graduated thanks to the Smullins’ generous assistance can attest that he has.