Mulholland’s Youth Work Continues With Scholarships

Photograph By: R & C Photography

WHEELING — Ron Mulholland worked to build Youth Services System into a nonprofit with a heart and a mission to serve those in need. Even after his death, his mission continues at YSS and now with the new Mulholland Futures Scholarship.

The Mulholland Futures Scholarship Fund is open to area youth pursuing educational goals or life goals. The fund was created through donations by individuals and a bequest from Sophia Moses, the late mother of John Moses, Youth Services CEO.

“We want to assist young people who are starting out their lives, through college, craft or technical training,” Moses said. “The fund can make grants to youth entering the military or other careers.”

Mulholland, who died in December 2009, played many roles– teacher and coach at The Linsly School, mentor and supervisor at the growing Youth Services System, Marist brother, and Wheeling Jesuit University and Belmont Technical College instructor. At root, he was a teacher and he reveled in this role.

He taught criminal justice classes at Wheeling Jesuit University and sociology at Belmont Technical College. His students and colleagues remembered him for his passion, for his interest in them and his willingness to share his stories.

“Can I tell you a story?” would often be his lead in to describing something from his experiences growing up in the Bronx, being educated by the Marists or working with youth in Wheeling. Each story had a lesson that kept his students listening.

Youth Services System is seeking to build the Mulholland Scholarship Fund through additional gifts made to the Community Foundation. Donations to the Mulholland Futures Scholarship should be directed to the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, 1310 Market St., Suite 1, Wheeling WV 26003.

“This spring, the first scholarships will be announced. But we know that many youth would value the support the Mulholland Scholarships can offer. For those who worked with Ron, meeting this need for youth would honor his memory,” Moses said.

Scholarship applications can be found at www cfov.org/scholarship opportunities.