Mallie Gayle was born October 7, 1938, and entered the Lord's Heavenly Kingdom on December 3, 2016. She was born in Marvel and spent her childhood and retirement years in Centreville, Alabama. Mallie Gayle was the only child of Earl and Lexie Smitherman.
Mallie Gayle graduated from Bibb County High School in 1956, she earned her Bachelor's degree at Howard College and her Master's degree at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She was a member of the Hypatia Honor Society, Kappa Delta Epsilon, and Pi Gamma Mu.
Mallie Gayle was a respected lifetime educator and followed a special calling to assist and inspire young adults to achieve their educational and life goals. She served as a teacher, counselor, principal and superintendent in the field of education. After a national search, she was the first woman ever appointed Executive Director of the Arizona School Administrators Association.
One to two scholarships will be awarded in 2018. The amount of each scholarship will range from $500 to $1,000.
Scholarships are non-renewable. The award will be in the form of a check made payable to the accredited post-secondary educational institution attended by the scholarship recipient. If the recipient is not currently attending the accredited institution, the check will be submitted to the institution when proof of acceptance and enrollment is provided.
Scholarships are available for accredited post-secondary educational institutions, including universities, colleges, trade schools and vocational schools.
To be eligible to apply for the Mallie Gayle Smitherman scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:
Applications will be evaluated by the Centreville Study Club and the Mallie Gayle Smitherman family. Applications will be scored based on the applicant's ability to: