WOOSTER, Ohio – In a major announcement Friday in Cleveland, The College of Wooster pledged its support to Say Yes to Education, a national non-profit organization that partners with communities around the goal of making a college degree affordable and attainable for every public high school graduate, and joined the Say Yes National Higher Education Compact.
“We at Wooster are thrilled to be part of this powerful partnership with Say Yes. This gives us another avenue to welcome and support the success of students who are passionate about furthering their education. We look forward to welcoming many more future leaders from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District,” said Wooster president Sarah Bolton.
Say Yes picked Cleveland, with a public school enrollment of 39,000 students, as the site of its fourth community chapter – Buffalo and Syracuse in New York and Guilford County in North Carolina are the others.
Wooster was one of nine private colleges in Ohio to join Say Yes, along with Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, John Carroll University, Notre Dame College, Ohio Northern University, Ohio Wesleyan University, and the University of Dayton. They are now among the 117 institutions nationwide who are part of the Say Yes National Higher Education Compact.
Via the partnership, graduates of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District who meet residency and other requirements will have access to scholarships (up to the value of tuition and mandatory fees) to those institutions as well as to in-state public colleges and universities (and industry-recognized credentialing programs) across Ohio.
In addition to proving scholarships, the partners in the Say Yes National Higher Education Compact stand with Say Yes in creating a college-going culture in communities whose young people have been historically underrepresented at the nation’s higher education institutions.
Say Yes to Education was founded in 1987 by money manager George Weiss, who promised the entire sixth grade at a public school serving a low-income neighborhood in Philadelphia that if they graduated high school, he would personally pay to put them through college. More than 13,000 public school students since then have gone to two- and four-year institutions as well as certificate-granting programs, with support from Say Yes, its partner communities, and its partner colleges and universities.
For more information, visit sayyestoeducation.org.