The Crawford & Company Scholarship Program was established to assist the children of employees in pursuit of higher education. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, education and career goals, participation in school and community activities, a 500-word essay, and completion of an application.
Each scholarship provides $2,500 (U.S.) a year for tuition, fees, books and other course-related expenses. Scholarship awards may be renewed for up to three years, provided recipients maintain eligibility requirements. All applicants must already be in college or currently completing the academic requirements to begin college in the fall of 2013 to apply during this application period. One recent scholarship recipient is Markus Miller (pictured), a sophomore at The Ohio State University majoring in mechanical engineering and working towards a business or physics/math minor. He is very appreciative of the scholarship, especially as engineering is typically a five-year program.
“I would like to express my deep gratitude for the generous and very much needed scholarship. I am extremely thankful and excited to be chosen to receive it” stressed Markus. He added that “The Ohio State University was the only school I applied to and the only place I envisioned myself settling into. So far in my two years, I have cherished every part of the tradition, experience, and opportunity Ohio State has offered.”
Markus’ father, Wayne Miller, has worked for Crawford as a senior casualty general adjuster for 37 years, first in the Akron, Ohio office and now out of the Cleveland office.
Besides pursuing a challenging technical degree, Markus is also very active in a range of campus activities. He is involved with Mount Leadership Society, a scholars program that focuses on leadership and service. He also provides community service through the Short Stop Youth Center, mentoring and supervising at-risk kids, and is a member of the Boo Radley Society, a club whose members perform random acts of kindness. In addition to his community service work, Markus is an avid Cleveland and Buckeye sports fan, serving as part of Block O, the student fan group, and he is in the process of co-founding a Browns Backers chapter at Ohio State.
Markus summed up what the Crawford scholarship meant to him, both in terms of academics and his overall university experience.
“Without the scholarship I would have had to work during the school year and most certainly would not have been able to schedule additional classes to attempt to graduate in four years instead of the expected five-year plan for a mechanical engineer,” he explained. “Lastly the scholarship has allowed me the freedom to give back to the community, allowing me time to become involved in community projects and service instead of having to work during the school year to help fund college.”
The application period for the Crawford & Company Scholarship Program begins early February and runs through March for the 2013-2014 academic year. This year Crawford is transitioning from a paper application to an online application within the company intranet. Applications will be evaluated by the Scholarship Committee and awards will be announced the end of April 2013.