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New Students Requirements

  • Admitted freshman who will be a full time student (minimum 12 credits/semester)
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.4
  • ACT/SAT scores are optional, but priority consideration will be given to students with a minimum ACT of 24 or SAT of 1120
  • Demonstrate financial need via a FAFSA Expected Family Contribution of $12,000 or less
  • Demonstrate a past history of extracurricular activity and community service
  • Demonstrate a parent/guardian is working
  • Provide the name of a high school teacher/counselor/administrator who can serve as a reference

The scholarship will be renewed up to 7 additional semesters provided the student meets the criteria of:

  • Complete a minimum of twenty hours of community service each academic year they receive the scholarship
  • Maintain a cumulative SVSU GPA of 2.75

  • Complete (or demonstrate a plan to complete) 30 applicable credits per academic year as defined by the official degree audit

About Bob and Ellen

Thompson family with student

The Robert and Ellen Thompson Foundation was founded in 1999 by Robert “Bob” Thompson and his wife Ellen Thompson. Robert, Ellen, and Robert’s uncle, Wilford McCully, started a road paving company in 1959. McCully left the Thompson-McCully Company in 1960 while Robert stayed on, and after years of work, Robert grew the organization to be the largest paving company in all of Michigan. During his 40 years in business he served as chairman of the National Asphalt Paving Association (NAPA), and he also served as president of the Michigan Road Builders Association, the Michigan Asphalt Paving Association, and the National Center for Asphalt Technology. Ellen began her career as an elementary school teacher and dedicated her life to education.

Not only are Robert and Ellen leaders in the paving industry, they are generous through philanthropic efforts as well. The Thompsons see education as a way to improve lives and their scholarships are focused on families who believe in hard work – both parents’ on-the-job work and students’ in-classroom work. The Robert and Ellen Thompson Scholarship for Working Families at SVSU targets students who can demonstrate their commitment to academics (via GPA and test scores) and to citizenship (via extracurricular activities and awards).

Robert and Ellen see an opportunity to help students for whom money may be an obstacle to college success. Thompson scholars at SVSU are encouraged to be active in extracurricular activities and Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) and are required to give back through community service. Thompson scholars benefit by building networks and learning skills they can put on their resumes and apply to their daily lives.

Paving roads doesn’t always happen with asphalt. Robert and Ellen are continuing to open new roads for students interested in furthering their education and contributing to their communities while fulfilling the goals of the Thompson Foundation.