The Scioto Foundation releases a UCAN spring update – Natural Self Esteem

PORTSMOUTH – To celebrate the start of 15 years of the University/College Access Network (UCAN) program in fall 2022, the Scioto Foundation will give Scioto County school systems an additional $15,000 and a total of $40,000 in Matching Challenge grants for offer their UCAN endowment capital for the 2022/2023 school year.

The Executive Director of the Scioto Foundation announced the news at the spring UCAN advisory meeting with school advisors and school administrators from the region. The foundation’s UCAN program was established in 2008 to help students in Scioto County and the surrounding area plan, prepare for, and pay for college education.

The Scioto Foundation originally provided $25,000 per year for a total of $125,000 beginning with the 2018-2019 school year and ending after the 2022-2023 school year. All donations to Scioto County schools’ UCAN funds from September 1 through August 31 will be matched by the foundation. The match ratio depends on the amount of donations received.

In addition, the Scioto Foundation offers UCAN neighboring schools a 1:1 match up to $2,000 per year for their scholarships invested in the Foundation for the 2022-2023 school year. Current UCAN neighborhood schools include the Manchester, Jackson and Wellston school districts and the South Point, Symmes Valley and St. Joseph school systems in Lawrence County.

As part of the UCAN program, the Scioto Foundation will also reimburse tuition for teachers who wish to take online APSI training, which will begin in the summer of 2022.

The foundation will continue to offer $2,000 mini-scholarships to local UCAN schools and UCAN neighbors for college preparatory activities. The funds support and offset the cost of AP, ACT, or PSAT exam fees for students and families. However, ACT prep programs are required to provide evidence of student attendance and outcome. In addition, funds may be requested to cover expenses such as transportation or meals needed to take students on college visits.

Ginnie Moore, coordinator of the Scioto Foundation’s grants and scholarships, reported that the foundation will award $687,000 in scholarships to area students this spring and has received 368 applications. The Foundation’s Volunteer Scholarship Committee will meet on May 13 to decide on the recipients of the majority of Foundation-administered scholarship applications, and other external committees, in addition to UCAN schools, will make their own selections in the spring.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Scioto Foundation has canceled its UCAN Go to College Night in 2021. Unfortunately, with the closure of Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Friends Center, the Foundation can no longer offer College Night unless an appropriately sized venue is in the nearby area.

UCAN College Coach, Christy Wilcox, is available to schools to help students prepare for college. She can be contacted via email [email protected]

and can speak to students in groups or one-on-one to assist with college plans. At the meeting, the Scioto Foundation raffled ten $500 scholarships to students who attended

UCAN college coaching program this year. For each coaching session a student attended, he or she received a ticket into the raffle.

The $500 scholarship winners were Austin Tilly, West High School; Brea Belville, Symmes Valley High School; Marissa Javis, Eastern High School; Viv Wheeler, Notre Dame High School; Kimberly Stanley, West High School; Seth Jenkins, Northwest High School; Amalynn Shepherd, East High School; Natalie Mershon, West High School; Kailan Marshall, Northwest High School; and Scarlett Caudill, Portsmouth High School and Shawnee State University.

UCAN schools are encouraged to submit grant applications for the sixth round of the foundation’s Scioto 365 program in 2022. This year’s theme is “Let’s Get Started to Unite Our Community,” Cutlip said.

To celebrate the start of 15 years of the University/College Access Network (UCAN) program in fall 2022, the Scioto Foundation will give Scioto County school systems an additional $15,000 and a total of $40,000 in Matching Challenge grants for their UCAN -Offer endowment funds for the 2022/2023 school year.

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