Ivy League alums honor, network with top CMSD juniors
CMSD NEWS BUREAU
Local Ivy League alumni honored 84 top CMSD juniors last week in a virtual event that combined recognition with networking and recruiting.
The annual Ivy League Book Awards ceremony, now in its 11th year, recognizes juniors for academic achievement and community service. It also sends a message to CMSD students that they can aspire to attend institutions such as Harvard, Dartmouth, Princeton and Yale, whose area alumni groups participate in the event.
All four institutions accept Say Yes to Education Cleveland scholarships, which pay up to the full value of tuition, minus federal and state aid. To qualify, students must be continuously enrolled in a CMSD high school and live in the District or city of Cleveland from ninth grade until graduation.
The Ivy League clubs and associations present a book to each of the juniors. And the Harvard Club of Northeast Ohio has awarded scholarships to four seniors who attended last year, with the funds usable at the college of their choice.
Alumni and students also mingled Thursday in Zoom breakout rooms.
District CEO Eric Gordon urged the CMSD students to ask questions and get contact information from the Ivy League graduates. He said the graduates could mentor the juniors through the college admissions process and help them land internships and jobs.
“Take advantage of our alums, who really want to be part of your success,” he said.