Every year on May 1, high school seniors pick their college for National College Decision Day. To commemorate the day, CPS hosted five graduating seniors from the M.O.R.E. (Men Organized Respectful Educated) program for a “Signing Day” event, celebrating their accolades and applauding their commitment to Miami University.
The event is part of Cincinnati Scholars, a newly formed partnership between CPS and Miami University. The 2018 Cincinnati Scholars have been awarded full cost of tuition and financial aid packages, including room and board, transportation and books funded by Miami University, with a total commitment of $560,000 for all five students over the four-year period.
Students accepting the scholarships to Miami University include:
- Ryan Brewster, Clark Montessori High School
Major: business administration; Minor: strategic communications
- Moustafa Djuma, Western Hills University High School
Major: computer science; Minor: software engineering
- Tyre’ Israel, Gamble Montessori High School
- Ty’ron Little, Schroder High School
Major: strategic communications and entrepreneurship
- Elijah Williams, Clark Montessori High School
Major: mechanical engineering
The students, their families, CPS officials and representatives from Miami University were all in attendance to celebrate the accomplishment.
“This is a marvelous moment,” said Dr. Rodney Coates, professor of global and intercultural studies and director of black world studies at Miami University. Coates shared his appreciation and thanks for parents and family members who helped the students achieve all that they’ve achieved so far as young men.
“There’s a phrase I heard when I was young, something to the extent of ‘Your future is so bright, I gotta wear shades,’” Coates continued. “You all have bright futures. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, ‘I have a dream,’ he was speaking about you.”
The M.O.R.E. program nurtures academic success and strong character development in young men to promote measurable improvements in academic achievement, grade-level promotion, graduation rates and college readiness.
“I can’t wait to attend Miami University in the fall,” said Ty’ron Little, Shroder, in his remarks at the event. “As a member of the first Cincinnati Scholars, I look forward to paving the way for the future of M.O.R.E. men at Miami. Thank you, Miami University.”
The Cincinnati Scholars program will be expanded next year to include up to 10 young men in M.O.R.E. as well as up to 10 women from the Girls to Women Leadership Collaborative.
Keep up with this and all other district initiatives around college readiness at http://www.cps-k12.org.