Division of University Engagement

Central Neighborhood Scholarship

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Central Neighborhood Scholars 2015-16Fueled by the University’s commitment to increasing educational opportunities in the Central Promise Neighborhood, the Office of Civic Engagement is excited to collaborate with the community on improving academic achievement.

With the recent launch of the TEDxClevelandStateUniversity Commits initiative in partnership with the nearby, historic Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood came the construction of two new endeavors.

  1. Two full scholarships, including four years of tuition, to two deserving graduating high school seniors that reside in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland.
  2. Opportunities for the youth of the Central neighborhood to visit the Cleveland State campus. We have set out to provide an up-close, personal look at college for the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood through our welcoming staff, brilliant faculty and engaged students. This partnership was created to make college a tangible, desired expectation rather than just a dream for the youth.

This collaboration between the university and Central neighborhood is aimed at increasing higher education opportunities for the neighborhood’s youth. The scholarship will be awarded to the students that display a clear commitment to their education, promising academic success and embody the spirit of the Central Promise Neighborhood.

Program Oversight:

The Cleveland State University Central Neighborhood Scholarship will be administered by the Office of Civic Engagement under the direction of the Director of Community Partnerships in collaboration with the Office of University Advancement, the Office of Student Affairs, and other appropriate departments.

Expectations of Scholarship Recipients:

The scholarship will be awarded to two students entering their freshmen year at Cleveland State University in Fall 2015. These students will have the opportunity to retain their scholarships up to their senior years in 2018-2019. Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and satisfactorily complete 12 credit hours per semester. It is also expected for them to continue presence in the Central Community through civic engagement. Furthermore, it is required that students establish a mentor in the Central Community and keep a record of contact. The scholarship is renewable provided that scholars remain in good academic standing and successfully complete their assigned projects.

Eligibility Requirements:

To qualify for a scholarship, students:

  • Must be Citizens of the United States or permanent residents.
  • Must be members of the Central Neighborhood (Proof of Residency (2 Forms) – acceptable Forms: School records, utility bill, voter registration card, any document issued by this State or county, city, or the federal government, housing lease or contract, mortgage statement, property or income tax statement.
  • Must have applied or have been accepted to Cleveland State University and intend to enroll full-time at CSU following high school graduation.
  • Must be graduating from Central Neighborhood’s core high schools by May 2015.
  • Demonstrating superior scholastic ability with a GPA Range: 3.2 or above on a 4.0 scale.  Please send official transcript.
  • Submit an essay of no more that 1,500 words that serves as evidence of leadership and involvement, outstanding character, service to community and school).
    • Briefly describe your future plans.
    • Please detail your recent leadership experience.