Michigan Tech alumni Rollin Jones ‘58 and Jim Lindstrom ‘69 spent the majority of their civil engineering careers working for Robert Thompson of the Thompson-McCully Company. Together, they managed and were instrumental in acquiring many Michigan based asphalt paving companies to grow the company’s portfolio. Mr. Thompson’s unique management style of sharing financial knowledge with key employees was a rarity for its time and proved to create a performance-based learning environment. After Thompson-McCully sold its holdings to CRH/Oldcastle Materials in 1999, Robert (Bob) and Ellen Thompson formed the Thompson Foundation largely supporting education. As Vice Presidents for Thompson-McCully, Rollin and Jim demonstrated superior leadership and a “nose to the grindstone” work ethic which they attribute to their educational experience at Michigan Tech. Through the years, Rollin and Jim made many trips to Houghton in search of future employees that exhibit those same qualities. Jim recalls, “As the company grew, we would go to Michigan Tech to recruit and hire for needed positions”. Bob and Ellen Thompson have great appreciation for Tech graduates and their contributions to the company’s success. They have established the Working Family Scholarship in memory of Rollin, who sadly left us in 2018, and in honor of Jim who represents the living legacy of this Michigan Tech scholarship.
Who Should Apply
Incoming first-year students who meet the following eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply:
- Michigan resident
- Expected Family Contribution (EFC) between 0 - 12,000
- At least one working parent
- Not receiving Michigan Tech’s Tuition Reduction Incentive Program (TRIP)
- $10,000 per year: ($5,000 Working Families Scholarship & $5,000 Create Your Success Scholarship)
- Awards are renewable for up to 9 semesters.
How to Apply
Complete the Rollin A. Jones and James E. Lindstrom Working Families Scholarship Application by the deadline. Application will require a short essay and one (1) recommendation letter.
Application must be submitted by March 5, 2021 at 11:59PM.
Scholarship recipients must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 at the end of each semester of study, complete a thank you letter to the Thompson Foundation each year, and complete & report a minimum of 20 community service hours per academic year (fall/spring semesters). Continuous, regular full-time undergraduate enrollment (12 credits or more) and acceptable social behavior must also be maintained.