Some area residents who plan to attend Eastern Gateway Community College soon will have access to a new option for scholarships, thanks to a campaign being conducted by an area business and its owner.
Scot Campbell, co-owner of M&M True Value Hardwar on Sunset Boulevard in Steubenville's West End, has launched a drive through the EGCC Foundation that aims to bankroll a scholarship fund.
A 1980 graduate of then-Jefferson Community College, Campbell, the foundation president, has a goal of establishing 50 $5,000 scholarships in time for the school's 50th anniversary, which is coming up in about five years. The foundation feels that goal can be reached by asking businesses, organizations or individuals who to contribute $1,100 a year for five years. Of that amount, $1,000 will go toward the perpetual scholarship fund, with the remaining $100 going to scholarships in the following year.
Campbell and his co-owner, Tom Birney, are putting their money where their thoughts are, making a contribution to the foundation and selling commemorative M&M mugs at the store for $10 each. Proceeds from the sale of the mugs will go straight to the foundation, which is under the interim direction of Rich Ranallo.
We're not surprised Campbell, long a proponent of higher education in general and EGCC in particular, is willing to step up to help area students. He and Birney employ between three and eight community college students at any time, offering a flexible schedule that allows them to attend classes and work toward the goal of obtaining their degrees.
The scholarship fund will allow area residents who might need a little help to attend EGCC. That's good for the students, good for the school and good for the community, which will surely benefit from an educated work force.