Lillian Louise Mayle White Memorial Scholarship

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Amount: $1,000
Location or HS: Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Deadline: March 15, 2021
App Type: General App

Purpose: The purpose of the fund is to advance education by providing scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District who will be attending a qualified post-secondary educational institution.

Background: The Lillian Louise Mayle White Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2014, and named to honor the life and work of Mrs. White.

Born in Canton, Ohio, Ms. Lillian Louise Mayle White (1928-2005) was the eldest of nine children and the first in her family to complete college. She was an alumnus of Ohio University, BS Ed 1950; and Case Western Reserve, MA Ed 1954. She spent all of her 30 plus year career as an elementary teacher. She worked for the Chicago Public Schools, Cleveland Public Schools as well as the Shaker Public School System. In all of that time, her commitment to educating young people was unwavering.

In 1974 she was quoted in an article, “I grew up in a warm, loving home, not rich in material things but rich with love and kindness. We were taught to love and care for one another and to be concerned about each other’s welfare. My father instilled in me a love of God, love for my fellow man and my country. My mother taught me the value of ‘self-worth’. She often explained ‘If one door is closed to you, knock on another and another until you open one somewhere…Above all else, do not wallow in self-pity or self-doubt but keep on going.’ You’ve got to be concerned about your fellow man, for you only fulfill your potential as a human being when you do something for another person. I have taken these values taught to me by my parents as my philosophy in life and I try to utilize them when working with my students. If there is one thing above all else I try to instill in all of my students, it is just that philosophy: You can succeed; You have ability; use it. Don’t fall and turn away at the first obstacle thrown in your path. Keep on going and you will succeed!”

She was the wife of Judge George W. White Jr., the first African American Federal District Court Judge in the Northern Ohio District and they raised three children. In the final years of her career she worked with students who were below grade level in one or more areas. She remarked “I see children who are just beginning to experience some of life’s difficulties while George as a Common Pleas Judge sees the young man or woman who has been failed by his home, school or church and has encountered enough difficulty to be brought before the court. When these young persons’ backgrounds are checked most of the time their problem began early in life and they usually were unsuccessful in school. So as a teacher, I feel it is very important to help each child achieve some measure of success. If just one child can be spared the agony and heartbreak of self-defeat, then we will have achieved success.”

Eligibility criteria:

  • Graduating High School Senior from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 grade scale during high school
  • Evidence of commitment to full-time course of study and plans to pursue a degree in Education
  • Evidence of significant leadership potential and willingness to contribute time and talent to the community

Application method: Submit a General Application and Basic Requirements through our Scholarship Gateway

Selection process: A selection committee appointed by the Cleveland Foundation will base its decisions on the completed application form, the above eligibility criteria, and with additional consideration given to the following:

  • Academic merit; and
  • A preference to African-Americans

Financial need, as determined by the formula for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or evidenced by other means will be used as a tiebreaker that gives preference to the most needy among the finalists.

Award process: The award amount will be based on the earnings of the fund and the spending policy of the Cleveland Foundation. Formal notification of award will be made by the Cleveland Foundation to the selected recipient(s). Awards will be paid to the school for the benefit of the student and must be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies, and/or equipment required for coursework.

Recipient requirements:

  1. Maintain full-time enrollment status;
  2. Email a grade report to the Scholarship team for each term (min 2.0 GPA required)
  3. A thank you note to the donors and selection committee members for this fund is not required but always appreciated and may be sent via email.

One-time Award: This is a one-time award and may not be renewed for subsequent years.