Thompson Scholarship Programs

The mission of our office is to support Thompson Working Families Scholarship Program recipients in their successful pursuit and completion of a college degree. Beyond the financial component of the scholarship, Thompson Scholarship Programs strives to provide holistic support for each recipient and to serve as a springboard for growth while creating opportunities to connect, engage, and serve from the time they arrive at BGSU through graduation.

The following goals are built into our mission:

Connect one-on-one with each Thompson Family Scholar, providing academic, personal, and professional guidance and support.

Facilitate connection among scholars to create a positive and encouraging community focused on service and growth.

Engage scholars through social interaction and provide opportunities for personal and professional development in preparation for graduation and beyond.

Serve BGSU, the City of Bowling Green, and surrounding communities through collaborative service projects connected to students’ values, interests, and goals.

Cultivate a spirit of giving back among scholars to continue the legacy set by Mr. and Mrs. Thompson.


Thanks to the generous financial support from Robert and Ellen Thompson, the Thompson Working Families Scholarship Program provides valuable need-based opportunities for BGSU students to have access to and achieve their college education.

The Thompson scholarship helps make dreams a reality, and our office gets the privilege to support these students on their journey as they get involved, make a difference, and accomplish great things over their time at BGSU and beyond.

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Thompson Family Scholars honor and celebrate Bob and Ellen Thompson on May 10, 2018 during the Bowen-Thompson Quadrangle Dedication Ceremony recognizing the Thompson's generous support of scholarships for BGSU students.


Thompson Family Scholars
2021-2022 Academic Year


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“Words do not express the amount of appreciation that I have for granting me the financial support I needed to pursue my career. I feel very honored to have been given the chance to become a member of such a wonderful community of people. The financial support your family provided to me made it possible for me to pursue my dreams in life and for that I will be forever grateful”

- Gayge Carroll, 2017 Cohort 

“This is not just a scholarship program, it is one giant family. I have gained the insight of new people and perspective. I have a forever family even after leaving BGSU here in May that I will be forever grateful for, all because of you [the Thompsons]”

 - Blaire Wehrley, 2018 Achievement Cohort  

“Your scholarship has made it possible for me to be who I am today and being in this scholarship program was probably the best experience of my college career. Because of this program, I have met incredible mentors, made amazing friends, and have gotten to give back to a community that I have had the privilege to call home for the past four years. My college experience would not have been the same if I was not a Thompson Family Scholar”

- Jordyn Kuemerle, 2017 Cohort

Hear from Thompson Family Scholars

“You’ve given me a chance to have a better life and for that, there are not enough thank yous in the world! One day I hope to follow in your footsteps and give someone the chance to have a better life!”

-Abdijibar Abas (2016 cohort)
“BGSU and the scholarship program have also taught me how to set goals and reach them. I appreciate the scholarship program and everything that the program is doing. It is very helpful and without it, many people including myself, would not have been able to have such great experiences.”

-Dionna Sorrells (2017 Cohort)

Thompson Family Scholars Gallery

Updated: 06/08/2022 12:07PM