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Allegheny College Joins Say Yes Cleveland Scholarship Program

Lauren Welch

May 2, 2024

Say Yes Cleveland (SYC) is excited to announce that Allegheny College, in Meadville, PA, has agreed to join the coalition of private colleges and universities that participate in the Say Yes scholarship program. 

Diane Downing, Executive Director of Say Yes Cleveland, said: “Allegheny College is an historic, highly rated liberal arts institution, just a short drive from Cleveland. We are thrilled that our scholars now have this exceptional option available to them through our scholarship program, and we’re sure they will take full advantage it.” 

“Say Yes Cleveland and Allegheny share the goal of empowering young people through education and resulting careers,” said Allegheny College President Dr. Ron Cole. “We are proud to partner with Say Yes in providing Cleveland students the opportunity to pursue their dreams of postsecondary education.” 

Allegheny College signed an agreement in April to join the Say Yes to Education Chapter Alliance Higher Education Compact. The Compact is a group of more than 100 private colleges and universities across the country that have committed to raising the high school and college graduation rates of low-income and underrepresented students through participation in the Say Yes scholarship program.   

As part of this agreement, Allegheny College has agreed to offer a minimum of two, but up to five new Say Yes Scholarships each year to eligible applicants who gain admission from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. For accepted applicants whose annual family household income is at or below $75,000, Allegheny College will provide a grant that is equivalent, at minimum, to the cost of full tuition and mandatory fees. For accepted applicants whose annual family household income is more than $75,000, Say Yes Cleveland will provide a Choice Grant of up to $5,000 per year that can be applied to tuition and mandatory fees.  

About Say Yes Cleveland 

Say Yes Cleveland is a local organization that provides two big things for Cleveland students: support services for students in CMSD and partner charter schools from PreK through graduation and college or career training tuition scholarships for all eligible scholars after graduation from a CMSD or partner charter high school. By emphasizing the necessity of support services from PreK through high school graduation, the Say Yes program aims to help students overcome the barriers that poverty often puts before them, so they can stay on track to success and be prepared to take the full advantage of the Say Yes scholarship waiting for them after high school graduation. Say Yes Cleveland was launched in 2019 by local convening organizations, the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), Cleveland Foundation, College Now Greater Cleveland and United Way of Greater Cleveland. For more information, visit  

Say Yes Cleveland adds 2024 Summer Tuition Scholarships

Say Yes Cleveland

April 9, 2024

Say Yes Cleveland is excited to announce a new, expanded opportunity for tuition scholarships. For summer 2024, any Say Yes-eligible student attending a Say Yes-eligible postsecondary institution may be eligible to receive tuition funding for up to eight (8) credit hours, or $4,200, during summer term. 

For Say Yes scholars enrolled in a public Ohio institution: Say Yes summer tuition scholarship funding is available for up to eight (8) credit hours and is awarded after federal and state aid has been applied.

For Say Yes scholars enrolled in a private Say Yes partner institution: Say Yes scholars at private institutions may be eligible to receive tuition funding for summer courses, with a maximum award amount of $4,200.

Any tuition costs above and beyond eight credit hours (public schools) or $4,200 (private schools) are still the responsibility of the student. No costs beyond tuition are eligible for this summer award, including fees, books, room, board, or any other expenses.

All students must continue to meet all Say Yes eligibility requirements to receive Summer 2024 funding.

Any scholars interested in receiving summer tuition scholarship funding should, as soon as possible, contact the Say Yes Scholarship Hotline via email ([email protected]) or by phone (216.454.5400) to let us know if you are enrolled in or planning to enroll for the Summer 2024 term.  You may also log into your Say Yes portal & update your Summer 2024 enrollment plans: Say Yes Scholarship Portal.

If you have any questions, please contact us (Elton and Jason) at 216.454.5400 or [email protected]

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