Nine Shawnee Middle School students are in the first class of Clark State Community College Foundation Scholars from Clark-Shawnee Schools.
The Clark State Foundation Scholars program offers three years of college at Clark State at no cost to the students upon graduation. The Scholars program is working to offer students additional tools to help them be more successful in college, including more hands-on learning and how to navigate the FAFSA.
The program expanded this year to Clark-Shawnee and Tecumseh, after previously being offered to Springfield, Urbana and Graham students.
“The Foundation is proud to work with the communities we serve to prepare students for success,” said Toni Overholser, director of the Clark State Foundation. “We’re particularly proud of our Scholars program; this program not only provides scholarships to these first generation students, but we also work with them throughout their high school career to provide mentorship and assure they have the skills necessary to be successful in college.”
Clark-Shawnee Superintendent Brian Kuhn said the Clark County Scholars program offers their students incredible opportunities, both in the form of a scholarship after graduation and also on the path to get to graduation in the form of mentorship, college preparation and support.
“We are committed to supporting our students on their individual paths to success and grateful for partners like Clark State Community College who want to be part of that commitment,” he said.
Mr. Kuhn said Clark State has been a proven and effective partner for the Clark-Shawnee district for many years.
“Clark-Shawnee Local Schools has a long-standing and effective partnership with Clark State,” he said. “Partnering with Clark State and the Clark State Foundation in the Scholars program is a natural fit to our collective philosophies and visions for student development.”