Lia and John H. Costello Jr. Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Business

The Lia and John H. Costello, Jr. Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Business was established in 1997 by their son, John H. Costello, III, Chief Global Marketing Officer of Home Depot. He became famous during his career as Vice President of Sears for putting the Asofter side of Sears@ into the advertisements. He wishes to recognize his parents who were instrumental in providing an environment in which they fostered the belief that anything was possible. John’s father was a lifelong resident of Akron and his mother was born in New Jersey. They lived in Akron until their retirement to South Carolina in 1987.

John is a 1968 graduate of The University of Akron with a B.S.B.A. in Marketing and is a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. John received the Dr. Frank L. Simonetti Distinguished Business Alumni Award in 1997. This $1,000 scholarship will be presented to a student enrolled in the College of Business Administration with a preference being given to marketing majors.

Required Qualifications

  1. Marketing Management, Sales Management, or Integrated Marketing Communication Major
  2. Full-time student
  3. GPA of 2.75 or above or GPA of 3.0 or above in major


  • Complete the online application form below
  • Attach resume and cover letter (use the cover letter to specify the scholarship you are applying for and how you met the minimum requirements)

Submission Deadline: 5:00 P.M., March 1, 2017

Complete the Application Form.