Wharton-Smith Endowed Scholarship
What began in 1984 as a leap of faith for two friends from Ohio has grown into one of Central Florida’s largest general contractor and construction management firms. George Smith and Bill Wharton met in 1966 during their tenure at a construction company in Ohio. The company opened a Florida office in 1975, bringing George and Bill to Central Florida. When the company announced they were moving back to Ohio, George and Bill made an offer to take over the firm’s unfinished Florida work. So, with just a handful of employees, Wharton-Smith was incorporated on April 2, 1984. Today, Wharton-Smith is the 151st largest contractor in the United States, according to ENR Top 400.
Part of their mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of those in the communities where we live and work. To prepare our next generation of construction leaders, Wharton-Smith established this scholarship to provide tuition and book assistance to students pursuing a degree in construction as well as sponsor Seminole State's construction program.