KeyBank Foundation awards $1 million to CMSD graduates attending CSU

KeyBank Foundation awards $1 million to CMSD graduates attending CSU

Cleveland State University will receive a $1 million grant from the KeyBank Foundation to fund the KeyBank Foundation Scholars Program.

The support programs will begin in the 2016-2017 academic year and will apply to incoming freshmen and current students who came to CSU from CMSD.

Records show 150 CMSD graduates enroll at CSU as freshmen each year and program advisors will follow these students' progress.

"This philanthropic investment is very much in the spirit of the KeyBank Foundation's commitment to enhancing education in Northeast Ohio. We have worked closely with CSU to pinpoint the unique needs of Cleveland students, especially those who are first in their families to attend college, and we are enthusiastic about the opportunity to support their success," said Margot Copeland, CEO of the KeyBank Foundation.

Among the initiatives is a seven-week summer academic program that encourages incoming freshman students to transition successfully into a college setting by completing required courses and building peer relationships ahead of the traditional fall semester start date.

"KeyBank Foundation's support of our partnership with CSU has been instrumental in easing our students' transition from high school to college," said CMSD CEO Eric Gordon. "This gift makes it possible for CMSD students that attend CSU to have the support they need to successfully complete their college studies."

The program consists of a series of initiatives designed to increase the rate of on-time completion of undergraduate programs at CSU by students who graduated from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

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