Randall G. “Randy” Smith was the founder of the Orange County Public Affairs Association and one of the region’s most respected public affairs professionals. He was called by many as the “most influential non-elected official” in Orange County and continually delivered on behalf of his clients. His roots in Orange County were also deep. While attending Santa Ana College, he served as Student Body President in the mid-1960s.
Sadly, Randy passed away in 2003 at the age of 55. But his generous spirit and commitment to education and the profession he loved lives on in the form of the Randall G. Smith Memorial Scholarship at Santa Ana College.
This scholarship is given to a student enrolled in at least 12 units at Santa Ana College, or a Santa Ana College student who is a transferring sophomore with junior status to a four-year college or university in the upcoming fall semester.
Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Preference is given to Public Affairs, Political Science, Communications, or Journalism majors who demonstrate a Randy Smith-level of passion for politics, governmental relations and shares his belief in fairness, trust, and strong ethics.