C. J. McLin, Jr. Scholarship
C. J. McLin, Jr. was one of Ohio’s most influential politicians. His philosophy was rooted in a sincere belief in the importance of community involvement. His 1966 election as State Representative was the commencement of a 22-year reign as Dayton’s chief intermediary with state government. Although McLin’s influence and power extended well beyond the Dayton area, today’s local community benefits from his efforts in many ways. He fought for the establishment of a medical school and other facilities at Wright State University, strongly supported the advancement of Central State University, and pushed the expansion of U.S. 35 West through Dayton.
Established in 1992, the C.J. McLin, Jr. Scholarship Fund encourages residents of Montgomery County to complete college studies at an accredited institution of higher learning in Ohio, or at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) school in the United States. The Fund provides financial assistance for tuition and/or related educational expenses. The C.J. McLin, Jr. Scholarship Fund is a permanent endowment of The Dayton Foundation’s African American Community Fund. Students must possess a minimum 2.5 GPA, demonstrate financial need, and a strong record of community service. A detailed essay is required.
In order to continue the circle of benefits that this scholarship fund provides to the community, recipients are encouraged to give back to the fund when they are financially able after graduating from college.