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Campus News

August 18, 2020

Dr. Robert W. (Bob) Smith Memorial Scholarship established at GC

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Dr. Robert W. Smith

The Garrett College Foundation recently announced the formation of the Dr. Robert W. (Bob) Smith Memorial Scholarship, established by the Smith family. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide scholarship support for students enrolled in continuing education and workforce development programs at Garrett College.

As an independent geographic consultant, Smith advised on all aspects of ocean policies and planning and developing strategies for exploring and exploiting offshore resources. He provided extensive geographic and technical expertise for maritime boundary negotiations and arbitration, sovereignty disputes, and the development of offshore energy resources.

For almost 31 years, he worked as a geographer for the U.S. Department of State, serving as the U.S. government expert on maritime boundary and jurisdictional issues. He was responsible for the geographical aspects of negotiating U.S. bilateral maritime boundaries and establishing U.S. claims to marine jurisdiction. In this role, Smith coordinated U.S. efforts to develop technically accurate and precise boundaries, including outer limits for the territorial sea, exclusive economic zone, and the continental shelf.

Smith also served as a board member for the Garrett College Foundation. Additionally, he was the co-author of three books on excessive maritime claims, author of a book on the exclusive economic zone, and co-editor for three volumes of the American Society of International Law’s International Maritime Boundaries series.

Having taught at Georgetown University, the Rhodes Academy, and on Semester at Sea voyages, Smith had extensive teaching experience. He was a lecturer on cruise ships providing insight on current events such as the Arctic Ocean, South China Sea, and piracy. He also served as an expert witness in both U.S. Supreme Court and international court cases.

Smith has had a home in Garrett County since 1988 and has been a full-time resident since 2007.

To make a gift to the Dr. Robert "Bob" Smith Memorial Scholarship, visit or contact the Garrett College Foundation Office at 301-387-3131.