CLEVELAND—Some of the first recipients of the Say Yes Scholarship received their high school diplomas over the weekend.
Say Yes to Education in Cleveland turned into hooked up earlier this year. It’s an initiative that ensures college students attending schools within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and pick Charter high schools can go to university.
Say Yes to Education in Cleveland makes a speciality of boosting the economy.
And one manner they’re doing it’s miles by giving kids in center and occasional-earnings households tuition help.
It fills in a big gap for so many students getting a two or 4-year diploma or a profession technical degree.
What makes Say Yes stand out is there’s no minimum GPA or test score required to receive a scholarship. As lengthy as college students are high college graduates, living in Cleveland, attending a CMSD college, have completed the financial resource form and were typical into an eligible college, they could achieve complete benefits of the scholarship.
Say Yes Executive Director Diane Downing says having this software in Cleveland was vital.
“We’ve recognised of college students who, for loss of $800 of lessons cash, dropped out of college and in an effort to in no way take place once more with this application,” stated Downing.
In a nutshell, the Say Yes application goals to:
Increase university enrollment
Boost training tiers in Cleveland considering the fact that most effective 46% of residents have finished at the least some college and handiest sixteen.Three% have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Attract new residents and keep cutting-edge ones
Make positive university is low-cost. Right now, Ohio ranks close to the lowest (forty fifth) for public university affordability.
“Say Yes is a sport changer. It’s a recreation changer for college students. It’s a game changer for households. It’s a sport changer for our network,” said Downing.
Max Hays faculty counselor, Cynthia Dalveren informed Spectrum News 1 that Say Yes made it in order that youngsters might now not have to say no to university because they couldn’t have enough money it.
“For me, this is just some other fireplace put out. It’s something that has given so many students an opportunity to be successful,” said Dalveren.
Dalveren says the timing couldn’t have been higher for the Say Yes Scholarship launch, especially for college students like Marilyn Macario.
Had the say yes scholarship not come out. She might have been in debt and we’d’ve been suffering to fill in that hole,” stated Dalveren.
The scholarship covers half of her lessons…the opposite 1/2 is covered by way of some other scholarship Marilyn acquired from The Ohio State University.
Now that she’s loose from disturbing approximately buying colleg, Macario can now awareness on becoming a heart medical professional.
“My mother has heart problems so I need to be there,” stated Macario. “I want to, because the closing youngest daughter, I want to be some help to my mother. So, I want to recognition at the clinical subject and help not just my mom however all of us.”
Grateful for her very last steps right here, Macario prepares for the subsequent chapter of her existence.
Two thousand students carried out for the Say Yes Scholarship.
So far $ninety two million has been raised to support the program.
Those who get hold of scholarships can even get paired with a mentor.
In the period in-between, the Say Yes application can even focus on helping more youthful kids with tutoring, counseling and intellectual fitness offerings, preparing them for the future.