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Rural Scholars experience education as a means for weaving together the various threads of their experiences, their lives, their community, their world. Rural Scholars understand their own responsibility for being lifelong learners and engaged community members.
The program's collaborative values, rooted in an appreciation for place, culture, and local history will bring together university resources with community assets to produce innovative curriculum and dynamic service experiences for students along the K-16 continuum. As students succeed, they will have structured opportunities to reinvest their own energies and talents back into the community. Students who complete the high school portion of the program will be eligible to apply for a Rural Scholars Scholarship at Kent State's Salem and East Liverpool campuses, serving as mentors for the students following in their footsteps.
Kent State University’s Salem and East Liverpool campuses, in collaboration with the local community, are building a stronger pathway from the schools to our university classrooms by creating a program that will serve first-generation students in and around Columbiana County.
The development phase of the project was made possible by an AmeriCorps grant through the VISTA program in partnership with Ohio Campus Compact. Currently, the Rural Scholars is supported by Kent State University's Columbiana campuses and our local partners. Grants including Ohio's Community Connectors program and the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation ensure program sustainability.
The Rural Scholars Program will offer extended college access support to selected students across the K-16 continuum, making the excellence characteristic of a Kent education accessible to students of all ages. Our goal is to ensure that students who participate in our program attend and complete their chosen course of study in college or other post-secondary training, ultimately reinvesting their energies and talents in the local community.
When the program is fully phased-in by the year 2018, we hope to have…
How will we know it’s working?
The Rural Scholars Program is generously supported by the following:
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