Cleveland State University will be offering scholarships for 20 incoming first year students who plan to pursue a major in one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) disciplines. The scholarships will begin in the fall and cover the 2011-12 academic year. They are renewable each year for students who remain in good standing in the program until the end of spring semester 2012. Students will be selected from among successful participants in one of the university's summer mathematics enrichment programs. Students who place into second semester calculus or at a higher math level do not need to participate in a summer math enrichment program to be considered. Preference will be given to students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
The goal of the program is to increase the number of students who graduate with a STEM degree. Success in STEM majors requires a relatively high level of mathematics preparation. Students will be selected for this program from among applicants who are ready to begin at second semester calculus or beyond or who successfully participate in one of our summer enrichment programs designed to enhance mathematics preparedness. One of the objectives of the Summer Scholars Program is to raise the level of mathematics preparedness of incoming first year students so that they are ready to begin their undergraduate career at or near the calculus level. This enables them to enroll in university physics their first semester. This improves their general level of preparation and makes it easier to graduate with a STEM degree in four or five years. It is often difficult for even a well-prepared student to complete a STEM major in four years. Nationally, the average time to completion of a bachelors degree (regardless of discipline) is 55 months for students who attend school continuously. Choose Ohio First Success in Mathematics is intended to provide participating students with a support structure that will help them succeed in their major and in their transition to work in a STEM field.
A separate application form is available here. Students should complete the Choose Ohio First application form and apply for a summer enrichment program. Students may contact Ronnette Johnson about enrolling in Summer Scholars. Ronnette can be reached at 216-687-5559. Applications will be accepted until May 13th. Preference will be given to applications received by April 30th. Students must be admitted to Cleveland State University to participate.
Choose Ohio First Scholars will enroll in some of their classes as part of the Choose Ohio First Scholars cohort. The COF Scholars will attend colloquia with speakers from STEM fields in industry and academia 5 times per semester. COF Scholars will have access to supplemental instruction, tutoring and other resources to assist them in completing their STEM degree. Scholarship awards are available for up to $4,700 toward the cost of tuition based on financial need.
(For graduating high school seniors and students completing their junior year of high school and those considering entering the Choose Ohio First Success in Mathematics program in fall 2011 or spring 2012.)
The New Summer Scholars Program is geared toward enhancing the academic success and preparation for college rising juniors, seniors and graduating seniors in selected area school districts. This year the six week summer program will commence on June 20th and end on July 29th. The program operational hours are 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Students will enroll in a mathematics course and either an English course or art history.
At this time, the Northeast Ohio Center of Excellence (NEOCEx) for mathematics and science education is not offering the Summer Academy at Cleveland State University. However, please check back at a later date for when it may be offerred.