Drive-Thru Scholarship Celebration

Scholarship celebration introduces a new mentoring program

At the end of an extraordinary school year, the Community Foundation of Lorain County (Community Foundation) hosted a scholarship celebration on June 23rd to honor the 72 new students and 76 students receiving scholarships and scholarship renewals. In total, over $415K in scholarships will be distributed for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year in the competitive scholarship process.

“Each year, the Community Foundation’s scholarship recipients are an impressive group of people,” says Cynthia H. Andrews, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County. “But in a school year like no other, this group of students have shown tremendous resilience and demonstrated a commitment to not only their education but their community. We congratulate them and look forward to seeing what they achieve in the next chapter of their academic careers. We thank our generous donors that year after year support scholarship programs that open the door to new opportunities across our county and beyond.”

The Community Foundation hosted a drive-thru scholarship celebration at the Community Foundation office to celebrate these outstanding students. Dozens of cars, full of students and their families and friends, arrived to cheers from community members, supporters, and Community Foundation staff.

The Community Foundation is launching the Lorain County Scholars Connect to support students other than financial. This program provides a connection and mentoring support to students navigating challenges in the post-high school environment.

“We know that scholarships open the door to opportunities, but we know that isn’t enough,” shares Cynthia H. Andrews. “We are looking for 500 individuals to register to mentor students in Lorain County and take the opportunity to connect with our youth and make a difference as they aspire to realize their promise. This program is a model of how we are putting our mission, Connecting People Who Care with Causes that Matter, into action.”

Since its inception over 40 years ago, the Community Foundation has distributed over $9M in scholarships. The organization is proud of this number; the need for affordable, attainable education is immense. You can donate (any amount!) to a scholarship fund, create a scholarship fund of your own, sign-up to be a mentor or share an idea with us on how we can creatively address the need in our community.