Marion C. Smyth founded the Smyth Trust in 1949 in memory of her husband Frederick Smyth, former governor of the State of New Hampshire from 1865 to 1867. In addition, Mr. Smyth was a four term Mayor of the City of Manchester from 1852 to 1854 and again from 1863 to 1864. Mayor Smyth was instrumental in the planning of Manchester's municipal infrastructure.
Many of the decisions he made as mayor are still with us today including building the city's first highways, providing the city's first water and sewer systems, building the city's first sidewalks, lighting our streets and his idea to plant trees along our streets to provide shade and maintaining the natural beauty of our city.
Mrs. Smyth stated in her will: " This institute is established not only for the cultural benefit of the citizens of Manchester and the State of New Hampshire, but also for the purpose of giving aid and encouragement to the deserving youth of Manchester and adjacent towns who lack adequate financial means of increasing their knowledge in the field of music".
Although it was her original intent that an institute of music be established physically at her Manchester home, known as the "Willows", through the years and with subsequent court approval, the Trustees decided not to build an actual institute but rather to commit the Trust resources toward the financial support of her intended beneficiaries.
The Smyth Trust provides scholarships for Greater Manchester students pursuing college degrees in music and annual grants for New Hampshire music education and performing organizations. (Under special circumstances, capital grants may be granted to organizations.
Please download the PDF file to the right, fill out your application, save it and mail it to: The Frederick Smyth College Scholarship Fund 1001 Elm Street Manchester, NH 03101 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Any New Hampshire organization established for the musical education, enrichment and enjoyment of the citizens of the State of New Hampshire.
Send a letter addressed to the Trustees of the Frederick Smyth Institute of music stating: