Matthew Jay Thon Memorial Scholarship

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October 12, 2018

The Matthew Jay Thon Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of our son, who passed away in 1977 from a malignant brain tumor. Its purpose is to help qualified individuals obtain the education necessary to respond to emergencies that occur within our communities.


When Matthew was about three years old, he became a huge fan of the TV series, “Emergency,” and was especially captivated by two of the show’s paramedics, Gage and DeSoto. He rarely missed an episode and was interested in anything health and safety related.


His toys mainly consisted of fire engines and rescue trucks – complete with accessories – and a “must have” Fisher-Price® Medical Kit. These provided him with many hours of happy play, as he went about the business of patching up both toys and family members alike.


Matthew had a wonderful personality. He had a good sense of humor, and was thoughtful, kind, and compassionate. However, it wasn’t until we received the diagnosis and he learned about his illness, that another trait emerged … true courage. If Matthew had lived, we feel that as passionate as he was about all things “Emergency,” there was a strong possibility he may have gone on to realize a career as a First Responder.


It is because of Matthew’s desire to help others, and because of our love and admiration for him, that we have chosen to create a scholarship in his name. It is our sincere hope that in offering this scholarship, we will be creating “a gift that keeps on giving” … and we couldn’t think of a more fitting or appropriate way in which to honor our son.



● Minimum 3.0 GPA
● Male, age 18 or older
● Graduating high school senior/beginning college student

● Pursuing certification in either EMT or Paramedic training
● U.S. Citizen and resident of the Great Lakes Bay Region


Evaluation Criteria

Special essay (40); overall involvement (work, school, community) (20); special skills/interests (leadership/awards & honors) (15); letters of recommendation (citizenship/character) (15); interview (10). In case of a tie between two qualified applicants, special circumstances (family or financial hardship), will be considered.


Special Attachment Required

Please refer to the online scholarship application for more information.

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