Scholarship established to honor former employee

July 28, 2017 | Athletics, News
By Steve Easton

A scholarship fund has been created for University of Toledo students in memory of former UT employee Larry Hilton.

“UT was such a huge part of Larry’s life, his extended family,” said Debbie Hilton, Larry’s wife of 28 years. “Larry is no longer here physically to mentor students, but we’re hopeful that this scholarship will provide monetary support that will assist future students in reaching their educational goals.”


The Larry Hilton Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to two student workers, one student who is in Plant Operations Ground/Facilities and one student in Athletic Facilities. The College of Engineering Scholarship Committee and the Athletic Department Scholarship Committee will each choose a student who is deserving of the scholarship.

“A scholarship of this magnitude will make it possible for a student to go to school who may not be able to afford college otherwise,” said Dr. Steve LeBlanc, interim dean of the College of Engineering. “It is very kind of the Hilton family to consider an engineering student for this gift.”

“We are extremely appreciative of this gift from the Hilton family,” said Mike O’Brien, UT vice president and athletic director. “When you come to a Rocket event and see a student employee in action, you will see the legacy of Larry Hilton through this scholarship.”

Hilton joined the UT staff in 1988 and worked as a mechanic and supervisor for the Motor Vehicle Department. He died in 2013 at age 54.

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