According to staff reports
ASHTABULA – After an initial two-year term, Molded Fiberglass (MFG) President Richard Morrison recently returned to Kent State University in Ashtabula to announce a two-year renewal of the scholarship program of the Ashtabula County from the MFG Foundation.
Like the first two years of the program, the scholarship program funds $50,000 in scholarships for the 2023-2024 academic year and $50,000 the following year.
Scholarships can be applied to tuition, fees, books, and supplies.
“This scholarship program specifically is very important to us, as is education in general,” Morrison said. “An educated community is a thriving community and creating access and opportunity for people to learn is vital.”
The scholarships are awarded to selected students who are either Ashtabula County residents or graduates of an Ashtabula County high school. Scholarships are eligible for renewal.
The ultimate goals of the scholarships are to provide educational opportunities for more Ashtabula County students and to develop a more diverse and talented workforce for area businesses.
To date, approximately 40 students have received funding from the MFG Foundation’s Ashtabula County Scholarship Program.
“We are extremely grateful to the Molded Fiber Glass Foundation for their generous support and the continuation of the Ashtabula County Scholarship from the MFG Foundation,” said the Acting Dean and Ashtabula Administrative Director of the Kent State, R. William (Bill) Ayres IV, Ph.D. “Throughout its history, MFG’s investment in the Ashtabula community has been unprecedented and its commitment renewed to scholarship and student success meets an important need. Scholarships provide the opportunity to earn degrees for learners who otherwise might not be able to afford college. This donation makes a lasting difference for deserving students in our community.
MFG is a leader in reinforced plastics and composites, serving diverse markets with a variety of composite material systems and processes.
A family business for over 74 years, MFG recently became 100% employee-owned.
Molded Fiber Glass has 13 operating entities in North America and is headquartered in Ashtabula.
“Ashtabula County and the surrounding area has been so good to us at MFG,” Morrison added. “We want to continue to be good in the community, to be good citizens and to encourage others. We’ll all be better off. Hopefully others will follow our example and do similar things to support the campus and other educational opportunities here at Ashtabula.
Students can apply for all Kent State Ashtabula Scholarships, including the MFG Foundation Ashtabula County Scholarship at www.kent.edu/ashtabula/aid with priority preference given to students who have completed their FAFSA® (www.fafsa.gov) and apply by March 31 each year.