Barry McNamara  |   Published May 06, 2015

New scholarship

Atwood is first recipient of Mellinger Foundation’s Tom Johnson Scholarship
  • Dustin Atwood, a junior economics major from Henderson, is the first recipient of the Tom Johnson Scholarship, presented to a Monmouth College student by the Edward Arthur Mellinger Educational Foundation. Pictured from left are professor Mike Connell, Atwood, MC president Clarence Wyatt and Mellinger Foundation president Gary Willhardt.
Dustin Atwood, a junior economics major from Henderson, is the first recipient of the Tom Johnson Scholarship, presented to a Monmouth College student by the Edward Arthur Mellinger Educational Foundation.
 
The $10,000 annual scholarship, named in honor of the foundation’s former president, is to be presented annually to a Monmouth College junior who best exemplifies Johnson’s work ethic and values.
 
“Tom worked his way up from modest beginnings as a farm kid in Roseville to become the president of a Monmouth bank,” said MC professor Michael Connell, chair of the political economy and commerce department, who was instrumental in the creation of the scholarship. “The scholarship celebrates the values of those who believe in hard work and facing challenges head on.”
 
Selected each year by the faculty of MC’s political economy and commerce department, the student who receives the scholarship must have demonstrated interest and ability in business. Atwood plans a career in either agriculture or finance.
 
Twenty applicants competed for the initial award, according to Connell, who noted that “One of the great rewards of teaching at Monmouth is watching students mature and grow inside and outside the classroom.  We have watched Dustin make this journey.”
 
He added, “All departmental faculty worked together to find the individual who represents both our values and those that the Mellinger Foundation outlined. One of the goals of the Mellinger Foundation was to have lifelong impact on one student’s life, and they have done that for Dustin.”
 
“We’re fortunate that in a college setting such as Monmouth’s, great ideas can come to realization very quickly,” said President Clarence R. Wyatt, who spoke during a brief ceremony. “This was a situation where a donor was able to express a sentiment, we accomplished the goal and advanced the interests of the college. It all came together nicely. I want to thank the Mellinger Foundation for making this possible.”
 
“This really means a lot to me,” said Atwood. “It’s a huge contribution, and it puts me on the right track for the rest of my life.”
 
Based in Monmouth, the Mellinger Foundation was founded in 1959 to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students attending accredited schools within the United States.
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