Majzun Receives First Underground Railroad Museum Scholarship Funds
Reprinted and posted from the Times Leader - Thursday, October 14, 1999
ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Ohio University Eastern senior Lynne Majzun was recently awarded the first annual Underground Railroad Museum Foundation Scholarship. John Mattox, Underground Railroad expert and Museum Curator, explained that the privately-funded and non-profit foundation wanted to "give back to the community" by establishing this scholarship fund.
Mattox insisted that "education is so important" in understanding the history and circumstances of the Underground Railroad era. "OUE has been fantastic to us. I am so happy for Lynne that she received this scholarship," Mattox stated.
"She has an exceptional knowledge of the history of the Underground Railroad and an understanding and relevance to our museum," he added.
Although this is the first scholarship awarded, the foundation by- laws clearly state that they will continue to recognize students who exemplify academic excellence. OUE's established criterion to be considered for this scholarship required at least a 3.5 GPA with a concentration (at least 12 credit hours) in history and political science. Majzun, a 3.8 accumulated GPA student, and a criminal justice major, exceeded these stipulations.
There were "no strings attached" with this award, according to Mattox. The $300 figure given to the honored recipient is a stipend to help defray the cost of books. Dr. David Castle and Dr. Michael Nojeim, two of Majzun's OUE instructors, uniformly agree that she is well-deserving' of the Underground Railroad Museum Foundation Scholarship.
Both teachers attest that she is an outstanding student who is a role model for demonstrating a "never too late" attitude in pursuing her degree in higher education at OUE.
"I want to thank Mr. Mattox and the foundation for this award," Majzun said. "I have received a superior education here at OUE and teachers like Dr. Castle and Dr. Nojeim have made college interesting and exciting. I have learned a lot throughout the years," she added.
Majzun, an Ohio Valley native, currently lives in Bethesda. She has two children, Matthew, who attends Marietta College and Zachary, a Union Local High School student and track standout.
For more information an OUE's four-year degree programs or on the Underground Railroad Museum Foundation Scholarship, please contact OUE at (800) 648- 3331 or (740) 695-1720.
A "Gift of Kindness" will be awarded in the form of a scholarship by the Ohio University Eastern Scholarship Committee. To be eligible the student must be accepted for admission and entering as a freshman. The scholarship will be used to defray the cost of text books.
To contribute, please visit http://www.ugrrf.org/donate.html