John F. Smith Jr. Presidential Medal Scholarship

John F. Smith, Jr. is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Delta Airlines and was Chair of the Board of Directors of General Motors from 1996 to 2003, serving also as GM's CEO from 1992 to 2000. He serves also on the boards of The Nature Conservancy and Boston University. Mr. Smith earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from UMass Amherst in 1960. Eligibility

  • Massachusetts resident
  • Enrolled in the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst

Application There is no formal application form. However, students must submit the following as PDF attachments to an email to before September 28. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All emailed material must include the student's name and SPIRE ID number.

  • Resume
  • Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Essay describing what you expect to see yourself doing ten years from today (up to 500 words)

Award Details This scholarship provides one merit-based award annually. Back to UMass Presidential and Alumni Scholarships.