CINCINNATI - A new scholarship program has been launched at Cincinnati State.
President O'Dell Owens made the announced Wednesday that unlike most scholarship programs where the college chooses a recipient, this scholarship program would be all community-based.
The community college will award two $10,000 scholarships to South Cumminsville residents to attend Cincinnati State.
But there's a twist.
South Cumminsville leaders will help select the scholarship recipients and will also assume a measure of responsibility for ensuring the students have transportation to school; mentoring; and adequate food, clothing and shelter.
The scholarship is in honor of the late Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.
"This is exactly what a community college ought to be doing," said Dr. Owens. "Thanks to Dick Weiland, we have the resources to make the dreams of civil rights giants such as Fred Shuttlesworth come true."
Greg Hyland, the President of Cooper Electric and the Chairman of the South Cumminsville scholarship committee, said applications for the scholarship will be accepted until the end of the South Cumminsville Community Council meeting on Oct. 8.
The criteria include:
- Applicants must have been full-time residents of the South Cumminsville/Millvale community for at least the past 12 consecutive months.
- High school diploma or GED equivalent
- Completion of an essay
- No age restrictions. Residents of all ages are encouraged to apply