Bowling Green High School graduates and students in the Alumni Laureate Scholars program will benefit from four new BGSU scholarships, funded by a $100,000 gift from Allen A. and Mary D. Green, the owners of A.A. Green Realty Inc.
The Bowling Green couple has created $25,000 endowments for each of the four awards: the A.A. Green Family Teacher Education Scholarship, the A.A. Green Family Business Scholarship, the Mecca Management/A.A. Green Realty Arts and Sciences Scholarship, and the A.A. Green Realty Family Alumni Laureate Scholars Book Award.
The education, business, and arts and sciences scholarships are for full-time students in those respective BGSU colleges who are Bowling Green High School graduates. If no applicants are Bowling Green graduates, preference will be given to graduates of other Wood County high schools.
Recipients must also have high school grade point averages of at least 3.0, if they’re incoming freshmen, or be in good academic standing if they’re current BGSU students. Criteria also include school and community leadership and high moral character.
Students in the Alumni Laureate Scholars program, where the Greens’ book award is directed, must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 and a composite score of at least 27 on the ACT or a combined score of 1100 or above on the SAT. The award will be available only to first-year, nontransfer students.
Alumni Laureate Scholars are chosen on the basis of leadership skills, citizenship, achievement, personal integrity and involvement, in and out of the classroom. Members of the first group of scholars entered BGSU in 2003 and are graduating this year.
Allen Green said the gift is an effort not only to assist students but also to give back to the University and the community that have contributed to his family’s success. “It’s just a way to pay back and help students accomplish their goals,” said Green, a lifelong Bowling Green resident who taught high school science and vocational agriculture for seven years—the last three at Bowling Green High School—before devoting himself full time to the real estate business in 1971.
The Greens’ two oldest children, Steve and Michelle (Remeis), graduated from BGSU in 1990 and 1992, respectively, and are now in the family business. Julianna, their younger daughter, attended the University for two years before completing her nursing degree at Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus.
The scholarship gift is the latest addition to a long list of BGSU support from the Greens. Active participants in the campus community for many years, they are longtime members of the Falcon Club and have been involved with many business-related sponsorship activities with Falcon athletics.
The gift is also part of Building Dreams: The Centennial Campaign for BGSU, which has raised more than $111.7 million to date. The $120 million campaign runs through December 2008.