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Marion Motley Scholarship Winners Announced

On Sunday, December 17, the 2018 Marion Motley scholarship awardees were announced during a pre-game ceremony at First Energy Stadium prior to the Browns-Ravens game.
Courtney Dunn, from Solon High School, and Robert Garrett, from Saint Martin de Porres High School will each receive a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 each year for four years) to put toward their postsecondary education.
The Marion Motley Scholarship was created in honor of former Cleveland Browns halfback Marion Motley, who, in 1946, was one of the first African-American players to integrate into the NFL. He went on to become a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 
Check out this video from Browns Give Back to see how Courtney and Robert reacted when they found out they won the scholarship!

College Now Advisors Help Akron Students Find $30,000 in Federal Grants

Kenmore-Garfield High School hosted FAFSA Night on November 30, where College Now advisors provided individual support to Akron Public School families as they completed financial aid forms. The 14 families that attended the event (a large increase from previous years) accessed over $30,000 in federal grants that single evening. We are happy to see such strong parent engagement and look forward to more successful events to come in partnership with Akron Public Schools.

College Now Mentee Honored by Kenyon College

Photos courtesy of Kenyon College

This past month, Toneisha Stubbs, a mentee in the Mentoring Program and senior at Kenyon College, received the Franklin Miller Award at Kenyon.  The Award is presented to a student who has contributed most significantly and uniquely to Kenyon's academic environment.  Toneisha, a neuroscience major, was recognized for being a role model to her peers throughout her time as an Introductory Chemistry Lab Teaching Assistant and for her achievements in scientific research. 
As a Teaching Assistant, Toneisha mentors students in what she describes as a sometimes "stressful environment."  She lowers the stress levels of the lab by playing music and checking in to see how students are doing.  She not only asks students about academic content but also asks about "how the rest of their week is going." 
Over the summer, Toneisha conducted cutting-edge research at the University of Florida on the effects of cannabis on working memory.  She and her team discovered that cannabis had no effect on the working memory of male mice and actually improved the working memory of female mice.    
Working with students and conducting scientific research has allowed Toneisha to learn an important life skill - patience.  She describes that in order to work successfully with students and in scientific research, one has to be willing to embrace repetition.  In research, she has to conduct the same experiment multiple times in order to determine the point at which something went wrong.  When mentoring students, she explains the same concept multiple times in different ways so that each individual student achieves an understanding.  She says, "It's important to understand that you can get to an answer or understanding in many different ways."
Toneisha plans to continue with chemistry-based research following graduation and hopes to attend graduate school.  Toneisha credits her participation in the Mentoring Program with inspiring her own passion for mentoring.

College Now Receives Resiliency Investment from ArcelorMittal

College Now  has been selected to receive a grant from ArcelorMittal as part of its pilot community investment initiative, "Building Resilience: Investing in Nonprofit Sustainability." College Now is part of a cohort of 14 nonprofit organizations in the Calumet region (Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana), Ohio and Pennsylvania that were awarded a total of $318,500.

Announced in October 2017, the program earmarked funding to invest in areas of nonprofit management traditionally underfunded by foundations and corporations.  More than 100 nonprofit organizations around the country, all of which have received grant funding from ArcelorMittal in the past, were invited to apply. More than 65 applications were received with funding requests totaling more than $2.5 million.
College Now receives direct and indirect funding from the U.S. Department of Education through Upward Bound, Gear Up, Talent Search and 21st Century Community Learning Centers program grants, as well as through significant Corporation for National and Community Service (ServeOhio) funding for AmeriCorps. The "Building Resilience" grant will allow College Now to implement an advocacy plan that keeps the need for these federal programs in front of our elected officials. 
"We are grateful to have been chosen as a recipient of ArcelorMittal's 'Building Resistence' grant, which will provide us the opportunity to deepen our advocacy efforts," said Lee Friedman, CEO of College Now. "But this support is just another example of their commitment to educational attainment in their communities. For example, ArcelorMittal provides funding and mentors for our Mentoring Program, provides funding for STEM advising and is also represented in our Emerging Leaders program."
"Every day, we focus on the sustainability and resiliency of our business. We are actively looking for ways to reduce costs, improve safety and efficiency, and enhance our bottom line. Simultaneously, we work to honor the social and environmental obligations we have as a company," said John Brett, president and CEO, ArcelorMittal USA. "It was time to extend that same focus on sustainability and resiliency to our community partners. These grants will allow our partners to address challenges and think outside the box to prepare for long-term success.  This truly is an important opportunity for us to 'walk our talk' on sustainability and resilience. After all, we are only as strong as our communities."
A full list of 2017 'Building Resilience' grantees are listed here.
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