STEUBENVILLE - Scott Campbell has been a believer and supporter of Eastern Gateway Community College since he graduated from its predecessor, Jefferson Community College, in 1980.
Flash forward 32 years and Campbell, now a co-owner of the M&M True Value Hardware store on Sunset Boulevard and president of the Eastern Gateway Community College Foundation, wants to establish a scholarship fund for future local students who are attending the school.
"Approximately five years from now EGCC will be 50 years old. So I thought it would be appropriate for the foundation to establish 50 $5,000 scholarships for students. The idea is for a business, organization or individual to donate $1,100 a year to the scholarship fund for five years. If you donate that amount for five years you can then name the scholarship which will be financially stable for future years," explained Campbell.
He said $1,000 of the annual donation will go toward the perpetual scholarship fund, while $100 will be used for scholarships in 2013.
"Tom Birney and I agreed to kick off this scholarship campaign in two ways. First, we just gave Rich Ranallo, the volunteer interim director of the foundation, our first contribution. Second, we are selling M&M Hardware commemorative cups for $10 each. All proceeds from the sale of the cups will go to the foundation. And the first cup has a photo of the M&M store when it was located downtown. It is kind of neat because you can see the wooden floors, wooden shelves and the wooden ladders. It is a piece of Steubenville history preserved on the cup," said Campbell.
"We took one of the original photos to Mark Nelson of Nelson's Fine Arts and Gifts and to tell you the truth we weren't really sure how it would turn out. But this really produced well and is the first in a series of M&M commemorative cups we will sell every year at the store, all to benefit the EGCC Foundation. We may continue the different cups up to the modern store here on Sunset Boulevard," noted Campbell.
"Through the nearly 100 years M&M Hardware has been operating the owners and employees have tried to be a vital part of the community. And, Tom and I, along with our staff, continue that tradition and strive to be part of the community. We strongly believe in higher education," Campbell stated.
"We usually have anywhere from three to eight EGCC students working at the store. We offer them a flex schedule so they can attend their classes and still work here. I graduated from Jefferson Community College in 1980 with a two-year degree in business management. And I know how important a higher education is. This scholarship fund will benefit the kids of the community who may need a little help in order to attend EGCC. This is a chance to give back to the community for a long time into the future," commented Campbell.
"This is a great way to kick-off our campaign to establish a long-term scholarship fund. M&M Hardware is the first contributor and I hope its generosity proves to be an inspiration to other businesses and individuals," said Ranallo
"The great thing about EGCC is that it is an institution that provides the traditional educational programs. But the college also adapts to the needs of the community by providing electrical lineman courses as well as training courses in the fairly new shale industry jobs. EGCC is instrumental in developing courses and programs for today's students and planning for tomorrow's students. EGCC is always trying to step up to the plate to meet the needs of its students and the community," added Ranallo.
"And the EGCC is working very hard to keep educational opportunities affordable and available for our area youth and adults, said Campbell.