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The Kent State Stark Rising Scholars Program continues to thrive through the final stretch of the COVID-19 pandemic.
But now, the need has never been greater to help Stark County youth move out of poverty toward a life of prosperity, explained Beth Fuciu, associate director of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement.
The Rising Scholars Program is designed to give first-generation and underrepresented students a pathway to achieve a college degree at no cost to participants. But more funding is needed to continue changing students’ lives.
“This program can only continue with donations from local individuals, foundations and businesses,” Fuciu said. “If you have been thinking about making a donation, the time is now to make a real impact that can change the trajectory of lives right here in Stark County.”
Lester Sanders, academic program coordinator for Rising Scholars, said that, during the pandemic, students have continued to meet monthly via Google Meet, as a group and on an individual basis.
Seventy-four Stark County students are participating in the program, boasting a large freshman class of 30. The 2021-22 academic year promises to welcome another record-setting class, with 36 applicants from five local school districts.
On campus or virtually, Rising Scholars are looking forward to the Summer Institute in June – with your help.
RISING SCHOLARS AT KENT STATE STARK
Total number of participants: 74
- 22 Seniors
- 14 Juniors
- 8 Sophomores
- 30 Freshmen
- 36 applicants for the 2021-22 academic year
Summer Institute: June 2021
- Preparing for virtual and in-person options
- Week of June 14: Freshmen
- Week of June 21: Sophomores and Juniors
- Week of June 28: Seniors