On October 23, 2016 Dr. Leon Smith and The Smith Infectious Diseases Foundation had their 5th Annual Legends of Medicine Benefit. The event honors a group of individuals for their outstanding work in the fields of medicine and healthcare.
The Smith Infectious Diseases Foundation, in conjunction with the Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children, created the Governor Brendan Byrne Scholarship.
The Governor Byrne Scholarship is an equal opportunity scholarship open to any freshman, sophomore or junior attending a Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Newark. This scholarship honors former Governor Byrne for the work he has done for others. Scholarship applicants write an essay on infectious diseases and the selected winner receives a $1,000 grant with the runner-up receiving a $500 grant.
“Our foundation is pleased to put this program in place to honor an exceptional individual- Brendan Byrne,” said Dr. Leon Smith, the founder of The Smith Infectious Diseases Foundation.
“The governor has been a strong supporter of our initiatives in research and scholarships. This is a small honor for a man who has meant a great deal to the people of New Jersey”.
The event was hosted at The Park Savoy, Florham Park and Emcee for the evening was Mr. Joseph Hayden, Esq.
St. Peter Preparatory School sophomore, Kakuyon Mataeh, was selected as 1st place scholarship recipient with his essay, “Infectious Diseases in the Media”.
Selected as the 2nd place recipient was Ms. Haley Kuznetzow, a junior at Academy of the Holy Angels, with her essay “The Bubonic Plague – It’s Origination and It’s Demise”.