Cleveland State University (CSU) and Parker recently announced a major investment in support of Say Yes to Education, a community-wide effort to make college attendance and graduation accessible to more local Cleveland public school students.
This year, Cleveland was designated as the fourth Say Yes to Education city, a national initiative that seeks to revitalize communities by helping to provide every public high school graduate access to college or other post-secondary scholarships, with local support of additional services to develop the gifts and talents of each individual.
This $5 million investment, part of an existing financial commitment from the Parker Hannifin Foundation, will establish the Parker Hannifin Learning Community at CSU, which will provide Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) students studying at CSU with two years of free on-campus housing. Providing on-campus housing will reduce a significant economic barrier many students face when pursuing a college degree and enhance student retention, which studies have shown greatly improves when students live on campus, particularly as freshmen and sophomores. The Parker Hannifin Learning Community will also offer a mentoring program to match students with faculty and peer mentors and directed career preparation activities such as job analysis support, internships, co-ops, and hands-on research projects.
The investment was announced at an event at CSU on March 6, 2019, which was attended by key leaders from Parker, CSU, CMSD and Say Yes, as well as students and members of the local media. It is aligned with a broader community effort to support the Say Yes to Education initiative, for which local businesses and community organizations have already raised more than $80 million.
“Parker is proud to support Cleveland State University and Say Yes to Education by strategically investing an existing commitment that will have a great impact on the future success of Cleveland public school students. This initiative further strengthens our long-standing relationship with Cleveland State University and is aligned with our broader commitment to help improve education.”
Tom Williams, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Parker Hannifin
The gift from Parker is a component of a broader commitment to CSU, which has funded the construction of the Parker Hannifin Administrative Center and Parker Hannifin Hall on campus, as well as the creation of the Parker Hannifin Scholars Program to provide academic scholarships to students.
Article contributed by Erica Isabella, internal communications manager, Parker Hannifin.
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