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Apply for The Robert C. Ross Endowed Scholarship in Business or Entrepreneurship


Lorain County Community College announces the availability of THE ROBERT C. ROSS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN BUSINESS or ENTREPRENEURSHIP. The scholarship will be awarded to a needing and deserving student attending Lorain County Community College or its University Partnership during the semester in which the scholarship is being awarded and is pursuing education/learning opportunities in a business field (examples: Accounting, Management, Marketing, etc.) or entrepreneurship. The scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies.


  • Be a high school graduate;
  • Must maintain a 2.0 GPA or better;
  • Be enrolled at least half time at LCCC or the University Partnership by the application due date;
  • Pursuing education in a business related field or entrepreneurship at LCCC or its University Partnership;
  • Preference will be given to those who have completed at least 12 college credit hours;
  • Provide a letter of recommendation (non family)

Note: Awardees may resubmit an application the following year if all criteria are met.

University Partnership Students: In your Universal Application, you must attach your most recent transcripts and class schedule from the UP Institution for the semester of the scholarship. LCCC students’ status can be accessed by LCCC’s Student Financial Aid; therefore, they are exempt of having to show proof of enrollment and transcripts.


Robert C. Ross was an innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Mr. Ross was a pioneer in the hazardous waste management industry. At a time when the industry did not yet exist, Mr. Ross saw that manufacturers needed a way to safely dispose of their industrial waste materials. In 1949, many years before environmental regulations were enacted, Mr. Ross and his wife, Ada May, founded Robert Ross Industrial Disposal in Eaton Township. He later said that his inspiration for starting the business came from a local businessman who told him, “The way to be successful in business is to do something that no one else can do or that no one else wants to do.”

He built one of the first commercial incineration systems in the nation in 1958 and throughout the years, continuously developed and integrated new technologies into the facility. He created new technologies and approaches that were models of innovation in the rapidly changing industry. That spirit of innovation has continued and the company he founded is now regarded as the one of the premier commercial hazardous waste incineration facilities in the nation.

Although Mr. Ross’ involvement in day to day operations of the companies ceased in 1983, the Ross family’s involvement has continued. Today, the Ross companies include Ross Environmental Services, Inc., Ross Incineration Services, Inc. and Ross Transportation Services, Inc. with approximately 200 employees at facilities in Eaton Township and Elyria. The companies are owned by Maureen (Ross) Cromling and her husband William E. Cromling. Members of the Ross family continue to be actively involved in the business.

In addition to his entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Ross is remembered for his generosity and community involvement, which inspired a legacy of philanthropy and community involvement that continues through the Ross companies today.  

Application Deadline: 8/19/2023 12:00:00 AM

File Attachments for Application

Please attach a letter of recommendation (non family).

Questions Required to Complete Application

Provide a brief profile of yourself, including your educational goals.
Please provide a brief statement about why you are pursuing educational opportunities in business or entrepreneurship.
List your interest/involvement in the community.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (For example, what type of business will you have?)
In your opinion, what characteristics are essential for a successful business person or entrepreneur?
Describe any unusual circumstances or expenses you may have.
What other financial aid have you applied for and received (examples - State or Federal aid, scholarships and grants) for the semester this scholarship will apply? Please list name, amount, and date applied.