Growing fast and here to stay.

Say Yes Cleveland launched in early 2019, but the impact for Cleveland students and families is clear — and growing.

Scholarship Impact

Say Yes Cleveland offers tuition scholarships to college or career training to every eligible CMSD high school graduate — and we’ll keep doing that for at least the next 25 years.

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Support Services Impact

Our support services help students stay on-track from PreK-12 so they’re ready to take full advantage of a Say Yes Cleveland scholarship after high school.

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Scholarship Impact


CMSD students were enrolled in college or career training with a Say Yes Cleveland scholarship in Spring 2023.

$8 Million+

Paid out in Say Yes Cleveland tuition scholarships since 2019.


Colleges, universities and career-training programs where Say Yes Cleveland students enrolled in 2022.


Say Yes Cleveland scholars have earned an Associates degree or career training certificate as of Spring ’23.


Say Yes Cleveland scholars have earned a Bachelor’s degree as of Spring ’23.

$100.5 Million

Raised so far toward our goal of $125 Million that will fully fund our scholarships for at least 25 years.

Support Services Impact


All 104 CMSD and partner charter schools have Say Yes Cleveland support services as of Fall ’22.


Students have access to Say Yes Cleveland support services at CMSD and partner charter schools.


Individual referrals for services and support made by Say Yes Cleveland Family Support Specialists in the 2022-2023 school year.


Case notes about individual students and families logged by Say Yes Cleveland Family Support Specialists in the 2022-2023 school year.


Students and families helped by Say Yes Cleveland’s free legal assistance in the 2021-22 school year.


Integrated Health pilot programs launched with CMSD in 2021.


“The financial part of college is the biggest determining factor in going to college or continuing through college. Right now, my school pays for a lot of my college experience, but there is still extra left over, and Say Yes takes care of that extra. So I only pay for a little bit. Without Say Yes Cleveland, it would be really hard for me to be a student. But the financial need is only part of it. They also have a mentoring program, and I would tell any student about to go to college to make sure that they work closely with their mentors. Take advantage of them. They really help!”

Tahneja Gaiter

Current College Student

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