Humble College Professor is Putting All of His Nobel Prize Money Towards His Students’ Education


Rather than keeping the massive sum of money that was awarded to him as a Nobel laureate, this college educator has decided to pay it all forward to his students.

George Smith, an emeritus professor of biology at the University of Missouri (MU), was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry in December.

The award came with a $250,000 prize, which Smith is now using to launch the Missouri Nobel Scholarship Fund for students attending the state’s College of Arts and Sciences.

“This might surprise some people, but my first degree was actually a bachelor of arts, not a bachelor of science,” Smith said at a recent community event. “My liberal arts education was the springboard for a lifetime of learning and cultural engagement. [My wife] and I hope that supporting the liberal arts as a whole will enrich the lives of future MU students, whatever careers they choose.”

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In a show of gratitude and solidarity with the 77-year-old professor, the university is donating an additional…

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