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Cleveland is a Say Yes to Education community
Cleveland is one of four Say to Education communities in the United States.
Say Yes Cleveland, launched in 2019, provides CMSD graduates with scholarships that pay up to the full value of tuition, minus federal and state aid, at all public colleges, universities and Pell-eligible job-training programs in Ohio. The scholarships also may be used at more than 100 private colleges and universities across the country.
Say Yes also has placed a family support specialist in every building to organize services, tailored to needs, that help families overcome barriers to success. Examples include mental health counseling, legal assistance and more.
To receive a Say Yes scholarship, students must be continuously enrolled in a District or partner charter high school and live in the District or city of Cleveland from ninth grade until graduation.
For more information on the program, go to SayYesCleveland.org.
Steps to follow
For more information, go to sayyescleveland.org or call 216.454.5400.
- Talk to your Counselor/College Now Advisor
- Complete a FAFSA Application
- Research and Apply to College*
- Fill out the Say Yes Scholarship Application Form
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.
Say Yes in the news
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.
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.
6/10/2021 -- Twelve Say Yes to Education scholars graduated Wednesday from Cuyahoga Community College. They followed Leann Andino, who became the first Say Yes Cleveland student to earn a bachelor’s degree when she graduated from Cleveland State University last month.
5/24/2021 -- The services are designed to help families overcome barriers to success and keep students on track to graduation and Say Yes scholarships. A family support specialist based at each school will connect families with services such as mental health and legal assistance.
Say Yes Cleveland to offer support at 40% of eligible Cleveland charter, public schools for coming school year
5/27/2020 - Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com - Say Yes Cleveland will offer support for 26 more schools in its second year, preparing students to take advantage of college scholarships.
3/09/2020 - Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer - Say Yes to Education leaders in Cleveland will give their first public update on the college scholarship and supports program this week, while also hoping to answer questions from residents.
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.