Hope Bryant Smith Service Scholarship
The purpose of the Hope Bryant Smith Memorial 5K and Fun Run is to fund the Hope Bryant Smith Service Scholarship scholarship at the University of Montevallo, a not-for-profit organization. This scholoarship is awarded to a current student who has demonstrated the highest standards of service to their community.
All the money raised at this event, after expenses, will be donated directly to the scholarship to ensure current and future students of Montevallo will be able to continue on the path to completing their college degree.
Hope Bryant Smith
Hope Smith is a 1971 graduate of the University of Montevallo. She retired from UAB in 1995 as a Medical Technologist. Hope humbly shares her gifts of teaching, healing and helping. She serves humanity in many aspects but most notable through her volunteer work with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Trinity United Methodist Church.
Hope has been a long time ambassador and spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She has served several years as Chair and Co-chair for the Komen Birmingham Race for the Cure and has had a tremendous role in its growth (it is now the most attended running event in the state). She has also served as the Birmingham Affiliate Volunteer Chairperson in which capacity she coordinated volunteers for the following S.G. Komen Foundation events: Sister’s Luncheon, BMW Ultimate Drive, Women on Wheels, Southern Women’s Show and the Komen Birmingham Race for the Cure. Her contribution to the S.G Komen Foundation has been summed up as “far greater than that of many individuals dedication to their own families.” Hope’s dedication to the S.G. Komen Foundation has been recognized nationally as she received the one of their highest honors, the National Lifetime Volunteer Award for 2001. Other awards associated with her volunteer work with cancer include the 1997 BMW Hometown Hero Award and the American Cancer Society Life Inspiration Award in 1996.
As a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Hope is more than just a member, she is a vital spirit who as her pastor states, “helps bring the church alive”. She is a founding member of Interfaith Hospitality Network, a ministry to homeless families in the Birmingham area. Hope has participated in one mission trip to the nation of Panama as well as an adult leader on youth mission trips in the U.S. Hope is a regular worker with Cross Training at Trinity, a ministry to junior high school students and is a member of the Trinity United Methodist Women. Along with all of these roles, she has served on the Administrative Board and Board of Trustees at Trinity, has spoken at Fellowship of Christian Athletes events and has helped with Habitat for Humanity houses.
As stated in one of her recommendation letters, “When Hope was born, God knew just what to name her because she has given Hope to all of us and we will never be the same because of her.”