The Smallen Fund was established at Hamilton in 1993 by his parents, David and Ann of Clinton, to honor the memory of their son, who attended Haverford and Hamilton and was the 1990 valedictorian at Clinton High School. Steven died in 1992 of leukemia.
The Smallen Fund promotes creativity among Hamilton students by providing money for projects that display originality, expressiveness and imagination. It is intended to be an incentive for students to stretch themselves to create something that can be shared with the Hamilton community.
Poh is currently conducting a year-long independent study titled, "Comics: An Expressive Medium to Access Culture." The result of his study will be a two-volume graphic (cartoon) novel detailing ways in which cultures and ethnicity contribute to the formation of personal identity.
Ulrich's proposal entails the construction of three-dimensional weathervanes, an adaptation of folk art that will also serve as her senior project in art.
Hamilton President Eugene M. Tobin called the fund, "a poignant and enduring testimonial to Steve's impact on the lives of those he touched. It represents an innovative and greatly appreciated means of cultivating the creative imagination and inspiration of Hamilton's students."