Neva Smith

Neva Smith

Neva Smith was born on October 29, 1917 in Los Angeles, California. She received her BA from the University of La Verne in 1943 and her MA in Education from CSULB in 1955. Neva taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District, primarily at Osate Elementary School teaching first and second grades. She taught for 28 years before she retired in 1983. Ralph and Neva enjoyed traveling and had the opportunity to visit many countries. They were also avid readers. Neva created this scholarship because she was interested in educating young people and believed that teaching is the most important job that anyone can do, “…we need good teachers to ensure the success of all children, and that Long Beach has the best education department to prepare the best future teachers.”

The College of Education (CED) expresses gratitude to all scholarship donors who continue to enhance the quality of education students experience at CSULB.


Neva and her husband Ralph established this scholarship to recognize outstanding students in the Liberal Studies, the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, or UDCP Program and reflects Mrs. Neva Smith’s belief that education is critical in making the world a better place.

The Neva and Ralph Smith Educational Scholarship Fund