Athletics Announces Robert F. Thomas, Ebony Lifeline Support Group, Inc., Minority Athlete Scholarship

Teneisha Myers
Teneisha Myers

The Youngstown State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is pleased to announce the Robert F. Thomas, Ebony Lifeline Support Group, Inc., Minority Athlete Scholarship to enhance the YSU Athletics Scholarship Endowment Fund.

This endowment was established in the fall of 2018 by the Ebony Lifeline Support Group of Youngstown. The purpose of this scholarship endowment is to support minority student-athletes who are pursuing a degree in human services to help the disadvantaged and disenfranchised.

Eligibility for the scholarship endowment is as follows: students must be majoring in Criminal Justice, Gerontology, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Special Education or Women’s Studies; must be a minority student-athlete; must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 GPA; must be a resident of Mahoning or Trumbull County and preference will be given to a student-athlete who is planning a career working with substance abusers and their families.

The Ebony Lifeline Support Group of Youngstown offers comprehensive aid to recovering substance abuse suffers and their families. Their purpose is to assist in the transition of African Americans, other minority groups, and all those concerned following aftercare. We are here to help integrate participants into self-help groups such as Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous and Alcoholic Anonymous. The Youngstown Board of Directors includes Robert F. Thomas (Chairperson), Dr. Tammy King (Interim Treasurer), April Alexander (Secretary), JeAnnette Singleton (Assistant Secretary), Shirley J. Christian, Esq., Markus Douglas, Attorney Robert Lev, Tracey Oates, Nick Clark, Wendy Clark and Michael Write.

Thomas developed the grass roots organization, along with Luther Stubbs, in 1984.

The first-ever recipient of the Robert F. Thomas, Ebony Lifeline Support Group, Inc., Minority Athlete Scholarship is track and field student-athlete Teneisha Myers. Myers is a sophomore from Spring City, Pa., and competes in the sprint events for the Penguins.

Paul McFadden, President of the YSU Foundation, said having an organization like the Ebony Lifeline Support Group of Youngstown create a scholarship endowment helps the entire Mahoning Valley community.

“We highly appreciate that Robert F. Thomas and the Ebony Lifeline Support Group of Youngstown have decided to endow a scholarship for YSU athletics,” McFadden said. “The organization does so much for our community and this is another meaningful way they can help, This scholarship endowment will have a major impact on the life of a minority student-athlete.”

For more information, or to endow an athletic scholarship at Youngstown State University, contact Dan Kopp at the YSU Foundation at (330) 941-3211 or dkopp@ysufoundation.org