Kent State University is one of five public universities to receive a share of a $2.5 million OhioCorps pilot program grant administered by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
Funding will be used to provide at-risk secondary students with guidance and positive role models that will help them succeed as they transition to higher education. KSU received a grant in the amount of $499,900.
“I’m pleased that we are able to award this funding to five public universities that have plans in place to serve at-risk students in their region,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. “Every student deserves the opportunity to succeed, and the OhioCorps Pilot Program Grant will help ensure that the students served by this program will get the support they need to achieve their goals.”
Kent State will use its award to partner with the nonprofit First Star and a consortium of community organizations to provide immersive, specialized academic, college prep, and opioid and drug education programming and mentorship to high school foster youth in northeast Ohio. The KSU First Star Academy will be among the country’s only long-term college readiness programs for high school foster youth that include both immersive residential summers on a university campus and monthly sessions during each school year. The targeted at-risk high school students for the KSU First Star Academy will be from nine counties in the region. The Academy will work with the foster youths’ caregivers, schools, social workers, and attorneys to ensure students receive the necessary support to succeed in school and transition into adulthood.
Other universities receiving a share of the grant are Youngstown State, Shawnee State, Ohio University, and Cleveland State.
About the Ohio Department of Higher Education
The Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents) is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens.