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Toth Smith fund supports undergrad entrepreneurs

Kristin E. Toth Smith (BSE IOE '98, MSE '98), Sammamish, Washington, has made a $25,000 gift to establish the Kristin E. Toth Smith Endowed Fund.| Short Read

Kristin E. Toth Smith (BSE IOE ’98, MSE ’98), Sammamish, Washington, has made a $25,000 gift to establish the Kristin E. Toth Smith Endowed Fund. Resources will provide discretionary support to the Center for Entrepreneurship with a preference to assist undergraduates in experiential-learning programs.

The goal is to encourage leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial skills through curricular and co-curricular programs benefiting undergraduate entrepreneurs.

Ms. Smith has served as an executive advisory board member for MPowered Entrepreneurship and president of the Tauber Institute for Global Operations Alumni Board, and is currently a member of the Victors for Michigan Seattle Campaign Leadership Council. “I’m honored and thrilled to be able to help enable experiential learning programs for budding entrepreneurs at the University of Michigan. Not only have both this style of learning and the opportunities to build new ventures had a profound impact on my life, but these opportunities harness some of what truly makes U-M special and unique: the ability to collaborate across colleges and with the outside world while maintaining incredibly high academic standards.”

This story was written by Byron Roberts.

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