Wingate University announces scholarship designated for Stanly County residents

Alan Wayne Smith
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer

Wingate, N.C. –The Alan Wayne Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established at Wingate University by family and friends of Alan Smith. This scholarship is endowed in loving memory of Alan, devoted husband of 29 years to wife, Amanda Burgess Smith, and father to Daniel and Andrew.

Born to Larry Wayne and Larcenia Smith and raised in Stanly County, Alan was a 1981 graduate of West Stanly High School and 1984 alum of Stanly Technical College. After his marriage to Amanda in 1984, he quickly became a supporter of Wingate as his wife began work in the University’s business office immediately following her graduation from Wingate, a role she has held for the past 28 years.

Alan eventually began taking courses at Wingate working towards his bachelor’s degree, attending evening classes in the school’s adult degree completion program, now offered at the campus in Ballantyne in south Charlotte. He graduated in 1996 after years of balancing family life, working a full-time job with a manufacturing company and attending class. He enjoyed attending sporting events at the school, especially from 2006-13 while both of his sons attended and eventually graduated from Wingate.

This fund is established with an initial gift from the Smith family and gifts from friends of the family. Additional gifts may be made at any time in Alan’s memory by interested donors. Gifts may be sent to: Alan Wayne Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund, Wingate University Resource Development, Campus Box 3071, Wingate, N.C. 28174.

Preference in granting the scholarship will be given to students who are residents of Stanly County. One of Alan’s fondest memories over the last eight years of his life was watching his youngest son, Andrew, run cross country at West Stanly and Wingate. If any cross country athletes are attending Wingate, they will be strongly considered for the scholarship.

Alan spent a large part of his life as an advocate for youth sports and education, trying to support the young people of Stanly County in their academic and athletic endeavors. It is with love and appreciation of a life well lived that Alan’s family and friends establish this scholarship, seeking to encourage more young people to actively pursue their individual aspirations.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education.

With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.
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In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past seven years. For more information, go to