The Peter H. Milliken Journalism Scholarship was established in 2017 after his retirement from The Vindicator, where he was a reporter for 36 years. He spent the last 11 years of his career covering the court and county government beat as his primary assignment. His scholarship is intended to promote the future of professional journalism, which provides the credible information necessary for citizens to participate most effectively in a democratic society. His scholarship will benefit a full-time journalism major in their junior or senior year.
The Joseph Edwards Memorial Scholarship was established by Joseph’s friends and family as a way to honor him. After attending Youngstown State University, Joseph started as a faculty member at the Dana School of Music in 1969 before ultimately becoming Dean of the College of Creative Arts and Communication. During his tenure with YSU, he was the recipient of several awards, including the Distinguished Professor of Music Award and the prestigious Watson Award. In 2000, Dean Edwards was honored with a chairperson’s leadership award and was the first recipient of the College of Fine and Performing Arts Alumni Award. His scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the Dana School of Music.
The Alvey and Gladys Jones Memorial Scholarship was established in 2016 by Dr. Gary Jones and his wife, Marilyn Jones. Alvey and Gladys Jones were the first members of their respective families to graduate from High School. They raised their children emphasizing the importance of an education. All three of their children would go on to obtain their college degrees. The family’s legacy is built upon hard work and the belief in giving back to others. Their scholarship is awarded annually to a student enrolled in the Beeghly College of Education.
The Malandro – Woodward STEM Entrepreneurial Scholarship was established in 2019 by Marc and Jennifer Malandro. Jennifer (Woodward) Malandro earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences in 1991 and was a member of the YSU Women’s Basketball Team. Marc earned both a B.S. in Biological Sciences in 1989 and a M.S. in Biological Sciences in 1991. He later went on to earn a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Both Marc and Jennifer believe that STEM fields are not only paths toward rewarding careers but also to provide students with the necessary skills to be successful in an international competitive environment. As Marc and Jennifer met at YSU and have used the education received there to forward their careers, they have a desire to give back to their beloved alma mater. Their scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the STEM College pursuing an entrepreneurial or business minor.