40 CPS students get full trips to UC

Over the next four years, 10 Cincinnati Public School students will be inducted into the Marian Spencer Fellowship Program, a new scholarship that will grant students full tuition, room and board, and an all-expense-paid study abroad experience from the University of Cincinnati.

By the program’s second year, in 2023, the university says it hopes academics are representative of students from all walks of life. 18 CPS high schools: Aiken, Cincinnati Digital Academy, Clark Montessori, Gilbert A. Dater, Hughes STEM, James N. Gamble Montessori, Lighthouse School, Oyler School, Riverview East Academy, Robert A. Taft Information Technology, School for Creative and Performing Arts, Shroder, Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students, Virtual High, Walnut Hills, Western Hills University, Withrow University, and Woodward Career Technical.

Marian Spencer Scholars Program Director Cindy Jones told The Enquirer that she is a first generation college graduate – her father dropped out of school in grade six – and knows what it feels like not to have a money for books or tuition.

“It was a huge worry. And it really created angst in me, impostor syndrome in me when I couldn’t buy my books,” Jones said of his own college experience. “So so that these students can come with their passion and not have to worry about tuition, cost of books – this will remove huge barriers and it will allow these students to focus only on their academics. He’s a game changer.

The program was made possible by a donation from UC alumnus and venture capitalist Jim Goetz and matching university funds totaling $ 6 million. Jones said the scholarship program was the first initiative of CPS Strong, a partnership between the university and the city’s public school district to support the preparation of high school students, create access to higher education and foster the success of CPS graduates.

Jack Miner, vice-president of enrollment management at the university, said Goetz is keen to dedicate his donation to a program that engages the great Cincinnati community and increases the success of under-represented students at UC. Marian Spencer’s story “resonated” with Goetz, Miner said. Program officials hope to find students who “will become someone who represents this spirit and legacy of (Marian Spencer),” including a strong commitment to service and experiential learning.

Spencer, a 1942 UC alumnus, was a civil rights leader who helped desegregate Coney Island and the CPS from Cincinnati. She was the first black American woman elected to Cincinnati City Council in 1983.

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“As a public university, we must pave the way for an exciting and equitable future for all,” UC President Neville Pinto said in a press release. “It means opening our doors wide and allowing more people to be educated in the tradition of excellence for which UC is known. Increasing our diversity enhances the quality of the experience on our campus for all.

“We need to be a place where everyone in our community can work, learn, grow and thrive in a safe and supportive environment. “

Marian Spencer Fellows will live together in a learning community living at Marian Spencer Hall, officials said. The residence opened in 2018 on Scioto Lane. When Spencer was a student at UC in the late 1930s and early 1940s, she and other black students were not allowed to live on campus.

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Students selected for the Fellowship program will receive an all-inclusive UC scholarship, career mentoring and coaching, participation in a CPS service project, and an all-expenses paid service project in Tanzania upon completion of their first year. year. The international service trip will take place as part of the Village Life Outreach Project, a non-profit organization founded in Cincinnati in 2004.

“One of the benefits of this program is that it gives students the opportunity to have so many amazing experiences outside of the classroom and regardless of their academic nature. So it really inspires that spirit across a whole host of disciplines, ”Miner said.

Applications for UC must be filed by Dec. 1, officials said. Students in the top 10% of their CPS high school will be considered for the Marian Spencer scholarship program if they complete an interest form regarding the scholarship. Students should contact their school counselor if they are interested in the program.

The university will announce the students selected for the inaugural year of the Marian Spencer scholarship program in early February, Jones said.

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