Updated: Jan 1
Indianapolis, IN - Educational Communities Worldwide (EduCom) is proud to announce the renaming of the Fianko Scholarship in honor of the late Dr. Gregory Allen May. Dr. May, who unexpectedly passed away on October 12, 2022, at the age of 41, was a dedicated advocate for education and a tireless supporter of those in need.
Dr. May was a dedicated and passionate learner who never stopped seeking new opportunities for education and growth.
He earned an associate degree in general studies from Ivy Tech Community College in 2005, followed by a bachelor's degree in human resources from Oakland City University in 2007 and a Master of Science in Management from the same institution in 2008. In 2014, he earned his Ed.D. and became a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Oakland City University.
Even after achieving this impressive milestone, Dr. May continued to pursue further education, earning a Master of Social Work from Indianapolis University – Purdue University Indianapolis in 2020. In August of 2022, he earned his Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Consultant IV (CADAC IV) certification from the Indiana Counselor's Association on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ICAADA).
In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. May was deeply committed to serving his community and improving the lives of those around him. He worked for Centerstone for almost two decades, holding various positions including Director of Integrated Health and Administrative Director of Adult and Family Services. He also owned and operated his own business, How To Save A Life LLC, which provided American Red Cross instructional programs to businesses and organizations. Dr. May was a dedicated volunteer, serving with the Community Kitchen in Bloomington, the Monroe County Public Library as a Job Search Consultant, and the American Red Cross in various capacities. He was also a member of the Business Advisory Board at Harrison College, board member of the United Way and also involved with the Problem Solving Courts . In November 2021, he began working as the Treatment Center Director for MedMark Treatment Center in Bloomington.
In recognition of Dr. May's passion and dedication, EduCom has officially renamed the scholarship in his honor. The "Dr. Gregory Allen May Scholarship" will continue to support two underprivileged students through their primary education at the Kesewaa Royal Academy in Ghana, West Africa with the hope to expand the reach of this scholarship in the future to provide support more underprivileged students in their pursuit of education.
"Dr. May was a shining example of what it means to be a true leader in the field of Social Work and Education," said Lawrence Fianko Owusu, mentee of Dr. Greg and CEO of EduCom. "We are honored to be able to carry on his legacy through this scholarship and continue to support the next generation of learners." "We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. May's mother, Elizabeth Grubbs of Nashville for allowing us to rename the scholarship in her son's honor and continue his legacy of dedication to education and social work."
Those interested in supporting the "Dr. Gregory Allen May Scholarship" can click here to learn more about how to contribute.