By Isabella Futchi
Youngstown State University alumni have been known for their involvement at the university, but Scott Schulick takes being a YSU alumnus above the standard.
He was highly involved in the university during his time at YSU. During his days as an undergraduate student, he was student government president, involved himself in student organizations and attended most YSU football and basketball games.
“I was a YSU fan from the get-go. Once I graduated and could no longer get my free YSU sports ticket, I bought my season tickets,” Schulick said.
Schulick graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1994 and a master’s degree in business administration in 1996. He works in Canfield as a vice president of investments at Stifel, a brokerage and investment banking firm.
“To me, YSU is the most important institution in the region in terms of higher education and economic development. I believe in the power of higher education and the transformative power a degree can have on people’s lives,” he said.
Schulick’s ties to YSU run deep, and Schulick has continued to not only support athletics but also the university as a whole.
He was also a YSU trustee for nine years, a YSU Foundation board member for four years and the president of the Penguin Club from 2017-2019. He is currently a part-time faculty member in the finance and accounting department.
Ron Strollo, executive director of intercollegiate athletics at YSU, spoke of the love that Schulick has for YSU and what that means to the community.
“Scott is what it means to be ‘Y and Proud.’ His commitment to Youngstown State University is unwavering. Scott is a pillar in not only the YSU community but the Youngstown area. He loves Youngstown and YSU, and his efforts show it every day,” Strollo said.
Schulick is active in the Youngstown community. He’s long been involved with CityScape and the Rotary Club. His enthusiasm for the community has earned him the nickname “Mr. Youngstown.”
“Others may call me that, but that’s surely not something that I have promoted,” Schulick said with a laugh.
Rick Love, associate athletic director, agreed with Strollo on Schulick’s great pride for YSU and that his involvement greatly benefits the university.
“Schulick does everything in his power to support the Penguins,” Love said.
Strollo said people like Schulick, such as those who are season ticket holders, boosters and fans, give YSU athletics tools to be successful and are who YSU is built on.
“Scott’s efforts to spread our message about YSU and remind people of the importance of YSU in our Valley are constant and much appreciated. Alumni like Scott are vital in continuing to recruit students, community and donors to our campus,” Strollo said.
Schulick encourages students to get involved on campus and seek opportunities through the university, just as he did