YOUNGSTOWN — African-American students at Youngstown State University will have a future opportunity to apply for new funding.

The YSU Foundation announced the Joseph Pavlov Jr. Minority Scholarship, an award established by the Pavlov family — Joseph Pavlov, John Pavlov, Catherine Pavlov, George Pavlov, Jennifer Staaf and Helen Pavlov — in memory of their father, Joseph.

With a gift of $110,000, the scholarship is exclusive to African-American undergraduate and graduate students at YSU, with preference given to first-generation college students, according to a YSU press release.

Joe was born Feb. 1, 1925, in Struthers and died in May 2016 at 91. He wore many hats — husband, father, veteran and business owner. Joe served in the Navy during World War II on the USS Intrepid. For years, he honored fellow veterans by playing taps at more than 8,500 funeral services.

The Pavlov family also established the Helen Pavlov Memorial Scholarship in memory of their mother, Helen. Endowed in 2015, the scholarship is awarded to YSU students studying philosophy or religious studies. Preference is given to those residing in Mahoning County. Helen had a great love and respect for YSU, where she was employed in central services. Jennifer followed in her mother’s footsteps by working at YSU in undergraduate admissions.

Jennifer said that both parents “loved YSU and belonged to the Penguin Club and the Philosophy Circle, and were season ticket holders for football.”

She added: “Our parents were both special people, always taking people in, providing jobs, lending money, etc., to many people in the Valley. Never was the help they gave based on a person’s skin color … We were taught to love all and hate no one.”

Joe’s professional background was in the auto body industry. He was an auto body manager at Donnell Ford and later purchased Buckeye Body and Paint Supply at 1707 Market St. on the city’s South Side. The company was subsequently sold to Sherwin-Williams Automotive in 1988; however, Joe still owned the property and mixed paint until he retired at 85, the release states.

Joe was committed to the South Side, not only by having his business there but by investing in the local community for years.

In 1996, the YSU Foundation began matching gifts to all minority scholarships to assist the university in attracting a more diverse student population. Since then, more than $1.4 million has been matched in contributions designated to minority scholarships. In total, the foundation holds 55 minority scholarships that aid YSU students. This includes new scholarships, those not yet awarded and not endowed.

With the foundation’s match, the initial corpus of the Joseph Pavlov Jr. Minority Scholarship will be $220,000, the release states.

Founded in 1966, the YSU Foundation is the nonprofit philanthropic entity of YSU. In the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year, the Foundation will provide a record of $9.9 million in scholarship and program support for YSU students.

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