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- CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY AWARDED $2.2M TO HELP LOW INCOME, FIRST GENERATION, AND STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES SUCCEED IN COLLEGE
- Central State University Extends Deadline for Scholarship Applications for Students Majoring in Agriculture and Related Fields
CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY AWARDED $2.2M TO HELP LOW INCOME, FIRST GENERATION, AND STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES SUCCEED IN COLLEGE
The U.S. Department of Education announced Central State University will receive a competitive $2.2M five year federal grant to help more students succeed in and graduate from college through its TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) department.
The TRiO Student Support Services federal program began in 1968 and is one of the eight federal “TRIO” programs authorized by the Higher Education Act to help college students succeed in higher education.
For over twenty years, Central State University’s TRiO Student Support Services department has managed a comprehensive, researched-based program with measurable objectives that are aligned to the university’s mission and strategic goals.
It recognizes that students whose parents do not have a college degree have more difficulties navigating the complexity of decisions that college requires for success; it bolsters students from low income families who have not had the academic opportunities that their college peers have had, and helps students with disabilities remove obstacles preventing them from thriving academically.
“Our office is laser focused on providing academic coaching and guidance, graduate and professional school preparation; and, a structured financial literacy curriculum” said Mortenous A. Johnson, Director, TRiO Student Support Services. “Our data informs our practices; we know these wrap-around services intentionality lead to student success.”
Just in the last academic year, Central State University’s metrics provided a clear picture of the positive impact the program has had on its participants. Eighty-nine percent of the students persisted and stayed in school, eighty-six percent were in good academic standing and fifty-nine percent graduated with a bachelor’s degree.
“Our students are thought-provoking, academically curious, energized, grounded and absolute gems,” said Johnson. “They make the program, and as a result, SSS’ collective dynamism produces a new-generation of thought-leaders, and civic-minded agents ready for change and transformation.”
Central State University Extends Deadline for Scholarship Applications for Students Majoring in Agriculture and Related Fields
Thanks to the USDA-NIFA, Central State University, Ohio’s only 1890 Land-Grant Institution, recently received $2.2 million in scholarships for Ohio students who choose to major in agriculture and related fields at Central State University. Funds for the scholarship came from the $14 million awarded to the nineteen 1890 Land-Grant Universities in the United States as a result of the 2018 Farm Bill.
Scholarships support recruitment and retention, student engagement and mentoring, and training undergraduate students at Central State.
Applications for scholarships are now being accepted. The eligibility and the deadline for 1890 student scholarship has been extended. For this year only the eligibility criteria has been relaxed to include all Citizens and Nationals of the United States—which includes Ohio as well as out of state students who are eligible for this scholarship. The deadline for application has been extended up until September 15, 2020.
The four-year scholarship awards eligible students up to $60,000 which includes tuition, books, and room and board. High school seniors and college transfer students (including community college graduates) who are Ohio residents are eligible to submit an application for the award. The scholarship award is for the following majors:
• Sustainable Agriculture (SAG)
• Agricultural Education (AgEd)
• Exercise Science (EXS) with a Nutrition minor
• Agricultural Extension Education (AgExEd)
• Agricultural Business (AgB),
• Water Resources Management (WRM)
• Environmental Engineering (ENV).
High school applicants must have a cumulative GPA of no less than 2.8 and transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.