Approximately $2.7 million in college scholarships will be awarded to 25 recent graduates of Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) at the 2021 College Signing Day at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22, in the Interactive Learning Center at CPS' Education Center. Six regional colleges are offering the scholarships specifically to CPS students, based on academic accomplishments and community involvement. The scholarships cover tuition, housing and other college-related expenses.
The six colleges presenting the scholarships include:
- Art Academy of Cincinnati
- Miami University
- Northern Kentucky University
- Ohio State University
- University of Cincinnati
- University of Dayton
At the College Signing Day, representatives of each university will welcome the students as the newest members of the freshman class and present them with gifts from their respective campuses. The students will then sign their letters of commitment, as members of their family, CPS representatives and partners observe the occasion.
The first College Signing Day was held in May 2018. The event was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. This year, the CPS College Team, supported by district leadership, decided to host an in-person event during the summer since more COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and a greater number of people are vaccinated.
"Our student scholarship recipients have persisted through unprecedented social and academic roadblocks while charging forward in the pursuit of their postsecondary dreams," said Emily Moroney, college manager.
Three CPS students will be attending the University of Cincinnati on a full ride as recipients of the Cincinnatus Presidential Scholarship. It is the highest monetary award presented to undergraduate students.
"The event also celebrates our higher education partners and the investment they continue to make in our CPS community. Our partners have remained steadfast and consistent in ensuring that CPS students have access to a quality education while believing in their current and future successes."