CSU Engages Central Promise Neighborhood

As reported by The Plain Dealer‘s Karen Farkas, Cleveland State University has launched a community engagement program in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood that will offer two full scholarships to high school seniors and increased opportunities for campus visits for youth residents.

Dubbed “TEDxClevelandStateUniversity Commits,” the program was announced at the recent TEDxClevelandStateUniversity event.

“Our initiative was inspired by the talk from speaker Basheer Jones, which focused on mentorship and the four E’s: education, experience, exposure and environment,” Byron White, vice president for university engagement, said in a news release.

Organizers noted that Central neighborhood residents live within a 15-minute walk of CSU’s campus, but only six percent of adults have earned a degree, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

The scholarships will be awarded beginning in fall 2015 to qualified high school seniors who live in the Central neighborhood, said CSU spokesman Kevin Ziegler. More details will be released in coming months.

The effort will align with the community’s ongoing Central Promise initiative to promote education in the neighborhood and seeks to familiarize students and families with the CSU campus.