12 CPS Seniors Awarded $1.4 Million in Scholarships


Smiles, laughter and, yes, even a few tears marked the 2019 Cincinnati Public Schools’ College Signing Day in early May. The special milestone for students, their family members and CPS teachers and administrators recognized achievements and celebrated the future.

Four regional colleges awarded a total of approximately $1.4 million in scholarships to 12 high school seniors. Specifically offered to CPS students, these scholarships – which cover tuition, housing and books – were based on academic accomplishments and community involvement.

“Everything you’ve been doing – from elementary school until now – has been to prepare you for this day,” CPS Superintendent Laura Mitchell told the students during the ceremony. She also credited the students’ parents and guardians, reminding them how crucial they have been to their students’ success.

CPS Board Member Eve Bolton echoed Mitchell’s sentiments. She thanked the seniors’ families as well as their neighbors and mentors and stressed that the students were “devoted, dedicated and disciplined” young people.

Art Academy of Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky University, Miami University and The Ohio State University awarded this year’s scholarships. Representatives from each welcomed the students as incoming freshmen at their respective campuses and presented them with college attire. The students then signed their letters of commitment while on stage.

The pride was palpable. The family of Faith Lauren Thomas, one of the OSU scholarship recipients, beamed as they shared how “ecstatic, overwhelmed and grateful” they were that her talent was recognized. “She’s a wonderful person; you see that when you look at her.”

Hays-Porter School Principal Nedria McClain – herself a CPS graduate – smiled broadly at her son, incoming Miami University freshman, Terrence. “I’m appreciative that my son has the opportunity for more experience, for the Miami University scholar experience, and am thankful and grateful that he gets a four-year degree on an academic scholarship.”

Terrence is eager to further his education. He wants to “always go higher and higher in life and always be successful.”

Congratulations to the following scholarship recipients:

Art Academy of Cincinnati:
Jaidyn Garnett
Helena Rocha-Gonzalez

Eastern Kentucky University:
Arrington Payne

Miami University:
Lamaj Harris
Kiayrah Sanders
Douglas Faison
Terrence McClain
Tayshaun Huff
Zainab Soumahoro
Destiny Lewis

The Ohio State University:
Faith Lauren Thomas
De’Shyra Bell

Miami University was the first to make the financial commitment to CPS students in 2018, awarding five scholarships to members of Men, Organized, Respectful and Educated (MORE).



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