Harold C. Smith Program in Christian Studies

Harold C. Smith Foundation Award provides significant opportunity for students to engage in vocational and faith discernment through experiential learning.


See how Ursinus students give back through internships, fellowships, and volunteering time through the support of the Harold C. Smith Program in Christian Studies.

Building on the work first initiated under the pilot program launched in 2017, the Harold C. Smith Foundation has approved a new $862,000 implementation grant to support the religious, spiritual, and vocation discernment of students through experiential learning.


  • Vocational discernment dinners that will allow students to engage Ursinus Faculty and Staff in the question “What is my calling/vocation, and how do I know?” through discussions
  • Alternative Spring Break Program partnering with Habitat for Humanity
  • Internship Program with local non-profits for students to actively consider one of the core questions: “What will I do” among a peer intern cohort and mentor
  • Religion, Justice, and Peace Summer Research Scholars, a program in which students will be encouraged to design summer research projects that intersect faith and social justice and simultaneously intern with a community partner

About Rev. Dr. Harold C. Smith

The late Rev. Dr. Harold C. Smith ’55, who passed away in March 2017, was a longtime member of the Ursinus Board of Trustees and a champion of Ursinus College.

At Ursinus, Rev. Smith established the Rev. Dr. Harold C. Smith Endowed Chair in Christian Studies, which supports a faculty member and fosters scholarship and teaching. The Harold C. Smith Scholarship Fund assists United Church of Christ students interested in attending Ursinus College. Smith also supported an annual fund scholarship to help students interested in religious studies. 

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Christian Rice

Director for the Harold C. Smith Program
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Angela Upright

Assistant Director for the Harold C. Smith Program