Keep LaMott’s legacy going and help students offset the cost of their education.
LaMott Smith was a beloved student during his time at Central. He was a Sport Management major, who could always be found at the SAC, where he was a charismatic student employee. Whenever he would see people at the SAC, they would be greeted by his million dollar smile, along with a friendly ‘Good Evening’ welcome, even if it was 6AM. When not working there, he was often seen in the weight room, on a treadmill or on the basketball courts, always chatting with fellow students or other people in the building. LaMott had a passion for his job, his education, his friends, being a CMU Chippewa, and just for life in general. His personality left a lasting impression on everyone he formed relationships with.
In May 2008, LaMott passed away very suddenly overnight as a result of bacterial meningitis. His loss was devastating to many, including friends, family, roommates, professors, co-workers, and the CMU community as a whole. After his passing, the LaMott Smith Award was established in his name as a way to keep his spirit alive on campus, and to assist students with the cost of their education. In addition to the scholarship in his name, University Recreation also hosts an annual softball tournament called “Smitty Softball,” which is a fundraiser for the scholarship and also brings LaMott’s friends back to campus each year. Our goal is to help this scholarship reach endowment status, so that LaMott’s legacy can continue on for many years to come at CMU.