Cleveland Foundation Grant Ensures Promising Future for Rising Scholars
Beyond equipping students with hard skills related to time management, project completion, and attention to detail, Dr. Dever explains that mentors focus on helping these middle-schoolers to think beyond the present and to contemplate higher aspirations for the future. In order for them to pursue rewarding careers after high school, now is the time to identify their personal strengths, attach those strengths to future goals, and expand their visions for successful livelihoods.
“They have strengths now they can turn into a future success,” says Dr. Dever. “We want them to be aware of all their options when the time comes.”
As the Rising Scholars program builds each year, it will serve 20 students next year and will eventually reach its full capacity with 72 students (12 students per grade ranging from seventh grade through twelfth grade). The expanding program will require a full-time program director who will dedicate half of their time to managing Rising Scholars and the other half to career services. With a new director eventually taking over the role, Dr. Dever will still serve in an advisory capacity and work closely with the new director during the transition period.
She says, “I’m deeply invested in this program and I hope to guide the developmental appropriateness of activities as the program grows.”
Long-term investments are being made to level the playing field for a growing number of young students with promising futures. It takes $1,875 to support one Rising Scholar for one year. Anyone interested in contributing to the Rising Scholars fund may do so by contacting Associate Director of Advancement Molly Smith.