YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University alumni Suellen and Michael Weir donated $1 million to establish a new scholarship for full-time YSU undergraduate engineering or science majors.
The Suellen and Michael Weir Scholarship will cover 50 percent of a student’s tuition. Students must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average. The scholarship will be eligible for renewal through the application and selection process.
“Our time at YSU was second to none, where we were offered a quality education that impacted our lives,” the Weirs said in a news release. “A good education is a basis for future opportunities, and we are thrilled to help YSU students on their path to obtaining a degree.”
Suellen attended Cardinal Mooney High School and received her bachelor’s degree in education from YSU in 1973. Michael and Suellen met at YSU, and Suellen was named homecoming queen in 1970.
Michael, a graduate of North Lima High School, earned his bachelor’s degree from YSU in mechanical engineering in 1971 and a master’s in business administration in 1977. After graduation, he went to work at Youngstown Sheet & Tube, Babcock and Wilcox and Ingersoll-Rand. In 1982, he founded Total Equipment Company, a supplier of pumps and air compressors for Pennsylvania and West Virginia, including sales and service.
“YSU and the YSU Foundation cannot express our gratitude to Mr. and Mrs. Weir enough,” YSU Foundation President Paul McFadden said in the release. “Their generosity will assist future generations of students by lessening their financial concerns, all the while receiving the best education possible.”