|#CollegeNowat50: Invest in Success Event Honors Funders and Demonstrates Impact
College Now alumnus and Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Moore with the advisor who put him on a postsecondary path, Carolyn Beeler.
On June 12, College Now celebrated its 50th anniversary at its annual Invest in Success event. This was an opportunity to recognize and thank the four foundations who have supported our work for all 50 years:
the Cleveland Foundation
the George Gund Foundation
, the John Huntington Fund for Education and
the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
. Together, these foundations have given $43.1 million in grants to College Now over 50 years, allowing us to make a tremendous impact in the lives of students across Northeast Ohio.
Click here to learn more about our partners and why they have invested in College Now for 50 years.
One of the many thousands of students who has benefited from College Now's work is Gregory L. Moore, a 1972 graduate of Glenville High School. He was an honors student, but he didn't understand the steps he needed to take to get to college until it was too late...almost. Thanks to the help of a College Now advisor, Carolyn Beeler, Gregory Moore was able to enroll at Ohio Wesleyan and embark on a career in journalism that would take him to Dayton, bring him back to Cleveland, then on to Boston and eventually, Denver, where he won four Pulitzer Prizes.
He spoke about the life-changing effect our advisors can have on students simply by doing their jobs.
For more about Gregory Moore and to hear from him about how College Now impacted his life, click here to watch a recording of the Invest in Success event.
For Cleveland.com coverage of College Now's 50th anniversary, click here.
For photos from Invest in Success, click here.
Many thanks to our sponsors, Medical Mutual; Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff; and Huntington Bank!
Register Now for Summer ACT/SAT Bootcamps
Attention all high school students! In partnership with MyCom, College Now Greater Cleveland will be administering ACT and SAT Test Preparation Boot Camps in a neighborhood near you! Each Boot Camp is a 16-hour course in which students will learn about and practice each section of these high-stakes college admissions exams. Each student will receive an ACT or SAT Prep Book at the end of the Boot Camp and snacks will be served daily.
Garfield Heights Library - 5409 Turney Road Garfield Heights, OH 44125
July 9th - 12th 1 PM - 5 PM
Parma Snow Library - 2121 Snow Road Parma, OH 44134
July 23rd - 26th 1 PM - 5 PM
Shaker Library - 16500 Van Aken Boulevard Shaker Heights, OH 44120
July 16th - 19th 1 PM - 5 PM
For more information, contact Michelle Broome Oatman at College Now Greater Ccleveland at
or (216) 241-5587 or click
Students and parents will be notified at least one week prior to the start of the selected location to confirm enrollment.
Scholarship Signing Is Underway in the Resource Center
Summertime is a busy time in the Resource Center, where Scholarship Signing is underway! Our advisors are meeting individually with each of our more than 300 incoming freshman scholarship recipients to review scholarship requirements. Additionally, advisors and students work together to create a plan for filling any outstanding financial aid gaps. At their scholarship signing, students have an opportunity to write thank you notes to our scholarship funders, jump into our photo booth for a quick picture, and they also can complete their Mentoring Program orientation.
Scholarship signing represents the hand-off from our school-based advisors to our Resource Center-based
financial aid staff and is the first step in our effort to ensure that our scholarship recipients are successful when they get to campus in the fall. Their next step will be to attend the Mentoring Program Kick-Off event in August, which will be their first opportunity to meet their mentors, who will guide them through their college experience.
w Wins National Grant from Deloitte
College Now is thrilled to have been selected as one of ten organizations from across the country to receive a grant from Deloitte's
RightStep Grant Challenge
. Deloitte provides industry-leading audit & assurance, consulting, tax and risk financial advisory services to many of the world's most admired brands, including more than 85 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than 6,000 private and middle market companies. Deloitte's RightStep Impact Venture recognizes and supports organizations, like College Now, committed to improving college readiness with the ultimate objective of closing the college-completion gap.
With RightStep funding, College Now will continue to deepen our advising services so that we can ensure that even more Cleveland Metropolitan School District students have opportunities to pursue and successfully complete their "best fit" postsecondary educational credential, be it a stackable certificate, a two-year or a four-year degree with as minimal student loan debt as possible. Not surprisingly, to get a student to this point where matriculation to a "best fit" institution is likely takes time, requiring repeated and frequent interactions with our advisors.
In addition to this recent award of competitive national funding, Deloitte, through its Cleveland office, has long provided philanthropic support to College Now. Moreover, its Cleveland employees are incredibly generous with their time to College Now through Board service, engagement with our Emerging Leaders Initiative and as volunteer mentors to our scholarship recipients. Today, over 30 employees serve as mentors, putting Deloitte within the top five companies regionally, of over 400 companies, with employees involved in College Now's mentoring program.
College Now salutes Deloitte for its commitment to college readiness and postsecondary attainment!
As the school has drawn to a close and the summer begins, Team Mentor bids farewell to one of our incredible AmeriCorps members. Team Mentor was fortunate enough to have two AmeriCorps members supporting the program this year, Rebecca Haynik and Anna Walley. Rebecca is starting nursing school this summer and Anna will be supporting the Mentoring Program throughout the summer. Team Mentor is grateful to Rebecca and Anna for their service, and will miss Rebecca immensely!
The start of summer also brings new beginnings. Team Mentor is excited to welcome Summer on the Cuyahoga intern, Mike Angelo. Mike is a rising senior at Denison University majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Educational Studies. Mike hopes to attend graduate school for Higher Education and Student Affairs after graduating from Denison next spring. Team Mentor can't wait to work with Mike this summer!