Program promises scholarships to Cleveland school graduates

January 19, 2019

CLEVELAND (AP) — A national nonprofit group and local partners say graduates of the Cleveland public school system will be eligible for college scholarships.

School and community leaders and Say Yes to Education founder George Weiss announced the selection of the Cleveland Municipal School District for the program on Friday.

Cleveland.com reports Say Yes is committing $15 million to the program while local fundraising has gathered $90 million in commitments toward a goal of $125 million for the scholarship fund.

The scholarships will be available at public and private colleges in Ohio and dozens of private schools across the country.

Weiss, a money manager, founded Say Yes nearly 32 years ago when he promised sixth-graders at a Philadelphia school to personally pay for college.

The program will eventually provide support services to students.