Say Yes Cleveland


Important Links


Postsecondary Planning Surveys

We are asking you the questions in this survey to help us understand the students’ strengths and needs. This understanding will help us plan the best services and supports for our students.


Say Yes Takeaway Poster
  • It's Official: Cleveland is a Say Yes to Education Community!


    We are thrilled to announce that Cleveland was officially named the fourth Say Yes to Education chapter in the nation! We join the community in celebrating this historic day that will change the lives of thousands of young people and the future of our region for the better.

    Say Yes Cleveland will bring comprehensive resources – including scholarships, support services, mentoring and more – to help many students across the city further their educational ambitions and achievement.

    We invite you to learn more about Say Yes Cleveland by visiting




    Steps to follow

    1. Talk to your Counselor/College Now Advisor
    2. Complete a FAFSA Application
    3. Research and Apply to College*
    4. Fill out the Say Yes Scholarship Application Form
    For more information, go to or call 216.454.5400.


    Starting this year, students must live in the District or the city of Cleveland and be enrolled continuously in a CMSD high school from ninth grade until graduation to be eligible for the Say Yes to Education scholarships.


  • Dominion Energy contributes $500,000 to Say Yes

    4/27/2022 -- The community has now raised $95 million toward the Say Yes goal of $125 million, an amount projected to last 25 years and serve several generations. Diane Downing, executive director of Say Yes Cleveland, said she hoped that Dominion's donation would inspire other partners to contribute and close the gap.

    Comments (-1)
  • George Gund Foundation grant to create Living Learning Community for Say Yes recipients at CSU

    11/18/2021 -- Students who are part of the Living Learning Community will receive payment of most of their room and board expenses, intensive academic support, leadership training, mentoring, graduation coaching, comprehensive wraparound services and experiential learning.

    Comments (-1)
  • City Club panel sees Say Yes difference

    8/23/2019 -- Say Yes, the nation’s fourth community chapter of Say Yes to Education, provides tuition scholarships and support services that keep students on track to high school graduation. As a result, panelists said, the question is no longer whether a child will go on to college or other postsecondary education, but when.

    Comments (-1)
  • Say Yes putting support services in place

    7/17/2019 -- Family support specialists will work with school leadership teams and external providers to align services that help students and families overcome barriers to success.

    Comments (-1)
  • Couple say 'I do,' ask guests to 'Say Yes'

    6/18/2019 -- Anne Priemer and Chris Jenkins are saying “I do” and have asked guests at their celebration to “Say Yes” – as in Say Yes to Education. In lieu of gifts, the couple’s invitations encouraged guests to donate to Say Yes Cleveland, the newest affiliate of Say Yes to Education.

    Comments (-1)
  • First Say Yes recipients graduating

    5/17/2019 -- CMSD is entering another graduation season, but this season is unlike those that went before it. The Class of 2019 is the first whose graduates can qualify for Say Yes to Education scholarships, which cover gaps in tuition after deducting federal and state aid.

    Comments (-1)
  • Say Yes adds to College Signing Day excitement (Video, photo gallery)

    5/1/2019 -- Megan O’Connor-Martin, a College Now Greater Cleveland advisor based at the John Marshall Campus, said the designation of Cleveland as a Say Yes to Education community had created a surge of interest in going to college. Say Yes Cleveland is providing scholarships that fill gaps in tuition at public colleges, universities and Pell-eligible certificate and training programs throughout Ohio and more than 100 private institutions across the country.

    Comments (-1)
  • Say Yes announces first schools to receive support services

    4/24/2019 -- Say Yes Cleveland has selected the first 16 CMSD schools to receive services that will help students stay on track to graduation and Say Yes scholarships. The 10 PreK or K-8 schools and six high schools were selected from among 29 schools that applied to be in an initial cohort. All CMSD schools will have core services by the 2022-23 school year.

    Comments (-1)