Scholarship in Memory of UA MIS Student Marcus Smith

On April 27, 2011 an EF4 tornado devastated the city of Tuscaloosa and the effects were widespread. In the aftermath, our community and chapter were heavyhearted as we learned that one of the people who perished was our peer, Marcus J. Smith. Marcus was a first semester student in the MIS program and an active AIMS member.

Below is an article run in the student newspaper about Marcus’s death and the impact he had on Tuscaloosa and the UA community:

After days of searching, Marcus Jeremy Smith, a junior majoring in management information sciences, was discovered dead near his apartment in the Charleston Square complex late afternoon Sunday.

“Marcus was a child of God, in how he lived and who he was,” his uncle, Derrick Pearson, said. “As family, you have hopes and dreams of who your young men grow up to be. By the outpouring of love
and support, I would say that we can be proud in that Marcus exceeded our wishes.” Smith was an active member of the Church of Christ at Northwood, and the people he knew there
remember him fondly.

“My life has been touched just in the short months of my knowing him,” fellow church member Amanda Wildman said. “He will always be in my heart and I will never forget him. I have comfort in knowing
that he is in Heaven and I look forward to seeing him again someday.”

Pearson said Smith had turned out exactly how he’d hoped.

“As a man, you want the younger generation to surpass you in quality of life and quality of man,” he said. “Our family could not be prouder of the Christian he was, and the man that he was becoming.

“His parents, his family, his friends and his community loved him,” Pearson said. “I haven’t heard anyone say that they wouldn’t be proud of Marcus as their own. That’s impressive.”

Source: University of Alabama Crimson White (student newspaper)

The University of Alabama AIS chapter, has created a scholarship dedicated to Marcus’s memory with a goal of raising $10,000. To date, they have collected more than $4,000 through student donations to honor Marcus and his legacy as a student with many talents and a great heart.

If you are interested in donating to the Marcus Smith Memorial Scholarship, please email Deana Watkins at


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