Bernon and Irene Smith Endowed Scholarship
The Smith family established the Bernon and Irene Smith Endowed Scholarship in 2008 to benefit financially needy Utah Valley University, students.
Bernon Mervin Smith was born in 1930 in Slatington, Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Midway and in 1951 married Irene Ethel Adams.
The newlyweds lived in State College, Pennsylvania, while Bernie attended Pennsylvania State College, and their two sons, James and Michael, were born during those years. Bernie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Penn State in June 1954 and took a job with American Bridge. During his 11 years there, he worked on various projects throughout the United States. In 1961 he obtained his Professional Engineering License. The family lived in Michigan and then moved to California. In 1965 Bernie started his own company, Adams & Smith Inc., and continued to build bridges and other structural steel projects. Throughout his career, he built bridges including the Badger Bridge in Long Beach, Calif.; the Estoria Bridge over the Colombia River in Oregon, and the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan. He moved to Orem, Utah, in 1993 when he relocated his company headquarters. He retired in 2000 but continued to work as a consultant on various projects as well as on multiple dispute boards.
The Smith family were avid supporters of Utah Valley University, supporting a variety of programs, from Culinary Arts to Aviation. The endowed fund they created in 2008 will continue to benefit students for many years to come.