This is my story... Anthony Smith '98
When I first graduated I never thought about giving, to me it was reserved for big money makers wanting their name on buildings. It wasn’t until I spoke with a fellow classmate that I realized how important giving was to RU. In this conversation what impressed me the most was how big of a difference a small and consistent donation can make. I realized that I didn’t need to write a six figure check to give back; I could help by simply sending any amount I was comfortable with to RU.
So that’s exactly what I did. I signed up online for automatic withdrawals on a monthly basis and now it is just another bill in my budget. Only this is one I don’t mind paying.
I know I am making a difference because I see RU’s new developments and accomplishments, and all the wonderful buildings being built and renovated. I know that (although small) my gifts help give back to the institution that plays such a big part in the opportunities I take advantage of daily. This knowledge quite simply puts a smile on my face.
Richie Wade, Anthony’s godmother, graduates Radford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Ec-Education and later a Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Delores Nester Smith, Anthony’s mother, graduates Radford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Library Science and later a Master of Science degree in Guidance & Counseling.
Anthony graduates Radford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.
The College of Science and Technology receives support from Anthony, his first gift to the university.
Anthony provides a gift of support to the Radford Fund and becomes a New River Valley Alumni Chapter volunteer.
Radford University receives a pledge of $5,000 toward the College of Business and Economics building fund from Anthony to be paid through monthly automatic withdrawals over the next five years.