Eric Smith Scholarship
In 1879, the South Australian Commercial Travellers’ and Warehousemen’s Association Incorporated paid to the University of Adelaide the sum of £150 to establish a Scholarship known as The Commercial Travellers’ Association Scholarship.
In 1915, through the generosity of Sir Edwin Smith, the Association paid to the University a further £500 to extend the benefits conferred by the Scholarship and requested the University to change the name of the Scholarship to the "Eric Smith Scholarship" in memory of Lieutenant Eric Wilkes Smith, a grandson of Sir Edwin, who was killed in the attack upon the Dardanelles on 25 April 1915.
Eric Wilkes Smith was born in 1892 in Kensington Park, South Australia. His father was Sydney Talbot Smith, a prominent solicitor and his mother was Florence Oliver (nee Chettle).
Eric was educated at Canterbury House School, and Collegiate School of St Peter with his brother Donald. He was an exceptional student and athlete who represented the School in various sports and was captain of the rifle team in 1910. He was in the first intake of officers at Duntroon Military College who were rushed through to graduate when the First World War was declared.
Eric was killed in action in Gallipoli, aged 23 years.
Today, the University still offers the Eric Smith Scholarship annually with a value of $2,000 to a commencing student with the highest overall ATAR score who accepts a place in the single Bachelor of Economics program, tenable for one year.
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