Grover C. Thomas Scholarship Fund

Grover C. Thomas was the son of an Armco Steel Company machinist and his wife, Mr. & Mrs. A. A. Thomas, and a graduate of Middletown High School.  He served in Europe during the second World War as a member of the U.S. Army's 78th (Lightning) Infantry Division and was awarded the bronze star for actions during the Battle of the Bluge.  After the war, he briefly attended the University of Cincinnati studying art, before moving to New York City to live and work for a time.  He returned to Middletown and went to work for Armco where he remained for over 30 years in different jobs in Middletown and Columbus, Ohio.  After retiring, he traveled around the world with his wife, Martha Miltenberger Thomas; worked as a volunteer at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus; and was an important member and officer of the Columbus Calligraphy Guild.  Art was an important part of his life, whether doing work on company items for his offices at Armco or painting and calligraphy in retirement.  He was recognized for his lifetime contributions by the Columbus Calligraphy Guild at a special ceremony in 2010.  His love of art is carried on by his children and grandchildren, and his family hopes this scholarship will allow others to do the same in the future.


School of Art majors and minors in DAAP, with preference to students from Middletown High School, and/or those who have demonstrated financial need


  • CV/resume - please include where you attended high school
  • Names of 2 faculty members that would support you

Online application during scholarship season


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