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Shawnee State University announces establishment of Michael Hairston Scholarship


December 20, 2017


Gary and Marilyn Hairston have established the Michael Hairston Scholarship.

The Shawnee State University Development Foundation (SSUDF) received a generous gift from Gary and Marilyn Hairston to establish the Michael Hairston Scholarship.

The Hairstons established the scholarship to honor the memory of their son, Michael Hairston, who was previously a full-time student enrolled at SSU.

“The scholarship was suggested and supported by my wife, Marilyn, and my former co-workers at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plan in 1999, and as a two-time graduate of SSU myself, Marilyn and I believe that Shawnee State is the best thing to happen to the Portsmouth and Scioto County community, and as such, we could not think of a better way to honor our son’s memory than to establish an annual scholarship in his name,” said Gary Hairston.

The award will be based upon demonstrated financial need and a GPA minimum of 3.0. Applicants must be a graduating senior from Portsmouth High School and be seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree as a full-time student. The scholarship is renewable to prior recipients still enrolled as a full-time student at SSU. Recipient of the Michael Hairston Scholarship will be selected by the University Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee.

For more information or to make a gift in support of SSU, please contact the SSUDF at (740) 351-3284, or visit givetossu.com.


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