SOUTH CUMMINSVILLE, OH (FOX19) - A new community-based scholarship program was launched Wednesday morning at Cincinnati State.
Cincinnati State President O'dell Owens joined South Cumminsville community leaders for a press conference at 11 a.m. at the WIN Economic Learning Center.
The new scholarships will honor the memory of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. The college will award two $10,000 scholarships to South Cumminsville residents to attend Cincinnati State.
South Cumminsville leaders will not only help select the scholarship recipients but will also help to make sure students have mentoring, food, clothing, shelter and transportation to school.
"This is exactly what a community college ought to be doing," said Dr. Owens. "Thanks to Dick Weiland, we have the resources to make the dreams of civil rights giants such as Fred Shuttlesworth come true."
Applications for the scholarship will be accepted until the end of the South Cumminsville Community Council meeting on Oct. 8. Applicants must have been full-time residents of the South Cumminsville/Millvale community for at least the past 12 consecutive months, have earned a high school diploma or GED equivalent and complete an essay.
Dr. Owens said the college plans to add another neighborhood next year, but chose South Cumminsville was selected due to its proximity to Cincinnati State.