Notre Dame College Joins National Consortium Offering Scholarships to Public High School Students

Notre Dame College is uniting with a national nonprofit organization to become one of the newest members of a consortium of select higher education institutions making college degrees affordable and attainable for public high school graduates.

The College is teaming with Say Yes to Education, which connects with communities across the country to provide scholarships to graduates of public high schools in partner cities. Say Yes to Education has selected Cleveland, Ohio, as the site of its next community chapter. Through Say Yes to Education, graduates of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District who meet residency and other requirements will have access to scholarships, up to the value of tuition and mandatory fees, to attend Notre Dame.

Say Yes scholarships will be available to graduates of Cleveland public schools and partnering charter schools, subject to residency requirements and other criteria, beginning with the high school graduating class of 2019.

Along with Notre Dame, new Say Yes to Education partner private institutions in Ohio are Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, College of Wooster, John Carroll University, Ohio Northern University, Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Dayton. Eligible Cleveland high school students also have access to scholarships to attend in-state public colleges and universities and industry-recognized credentialing programs.

With the addition of the Cleveland Metropolitan City School District, the second largest school system in Ohio, Say Yes to Education scholarships and related support services are now available to more than 168,000 students in three states. Cleveland joins three other Say Yes communities, Buffalo and Syracuse in New York and Guilford County (Greensboro-High Point) in North Carolina.

The Say Yes National Higher Education Compact now has a total of 117 institutions in 26 states and the District of Columbia. The consortium is creating a college-going culture in communities whose young people have been historically underrepresented at the nation’s higher education institutions.

Say Yes was founded nearly 32 years ago by George Weiss, a money manager who promised the entire sixth grade at a public school serving a low-income neighborhood in Philadelphia that if the students graduated high school, he would personally pay to put them through college. In the three decades since, more than 13,000 public school students have attended two- and four-year institutions, as well as certificate-granting programs, with support from Say Yes, its partner communities and its partner colleges and universities.

Students and families interested in attending Notre Dame can consult the Say Yes Cleveland website for eligibility requirements and other details. Information about undergraduate admissions at the College also are available online.

January 2019

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or



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