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. 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. Applicants must:

  • Be a resident of Montgomery County
  • Plan to attend college in Ohio or an Historically Black College or University (HBCU)
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have a strong record of community service

CJ McLin
$1,000.00 - renewable for 3 years
African American Community Foundation, Montgomery County
Supplemental Questions
  1. Applicants are also required to complete a thorough essay addressing each of the following components: Please Note: 45% of the total score you receive will be based upon your essay. A.) Discuss your participation in current community service activities. What are some of your experiences in working in the community? What have you learned by working in the community? B.) Who or what has motivated you toward community service? How has this person or event affected your motivation to perform community service? C.) How do you intend to bring this community focused spirit to your college campus and professional life? Discuss short-term and long-term plans for future participation in community service. How do you plan to continue community service on your college campus and in your prospective profession?
  2. Are you planning to attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU)?
  3. Do you plan to attend college in Ohio?