Bennie and Shirley Smith, owners and operators of Bennie Smith Funeral Home Inc., have established a new endowed scholarship at Delaware State University.

The Bennie and Shirley Smith Endowed Scholarship has been started with $23,500 – which included $10,000 personally donated by the Smiths and $13,500 that the couple raised during the Bennie & Shirley Smith Holiday Reception and Scholarship Fundraiser held Dec. 23 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.

The scholarship fundraiser was planned to raise money for Delaware State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Preceding the event, the couple promised to match the Bennie and Shirley Smith Scholarship donations from the attendees up to a total of $10,000 for each university.

With respect to their endowed scholarship at DSU, the Smiths have also pledged to add $100,000 to it over time.

Bennie Smith served from 2006-2012 as a member of the DSU board of trustees.