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There are few people in our community who have moved us like Maxine and Vasco Smith.

Maxine and Vasco Smith

They have changed our lives and captivated our hearts and souls. They have given us a piece of themselves.

Together the Smiths became the moral compass of the community. Maxine, the voice of the underdog, and Vasco, her lighthouse in the storm, found ways to right the wrongs when they saw them. Married 56 years, they stood together in times of distress, civil unrest and sometimes hatred. What would have torn most couples apart drew them closer.

To celebrate Maxine and Vasco Smith and their work as educators and advocates for change, the Maxine and Vasco Smith Endowed Scholarship and Crystal Tribute will allow Southwest students to stand on the shoulders of civil rights pioneers.

Located at Southwest’s Maxine A. Smith Center, the crystal tribute will honor the couple in perpetuity. The base of the tribute is a 4 foot cylindrical pedestal with a lighted rotating base suitable for engraving. Atop the base will be a crystal grand column that measures 11 – 13/16” x 8 – ½” x 4” with a 3-D rendering of Maxine and Vasco’s portrait captured inside.

Now, it’s time to give back just a little of what Maxine and Vasco started. Your donation is critical to ensuring this tribute is built and the scholarship is endowed. There are a limited number of top donation levels where the names will be significantly visible.

Log on to http://www.southwest.tn.edu/foundation/scholarshipFund.htm and click on the Donate Now button, or mail your donation to Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation, 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 38134. A card will be mailed to Maxine letting her know of this donation in her honor. The amount will not be disclosed.

A formal unveiling ceremony will take place when the tribute is ready.