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Ohio University announces second class of Urban Scholars

ATHENS, Ohio (July 24, 2006) -- Ohio University announced the selection of the second class of Urban Scholars today. The 10 incoming freshmen will begin classes in the fall at the Athens campus.

The 2006 class of Urban Scholars. Photo by Rick Fatica.The Urban Scholars Program is designed to increase the university's diversity by enhancing opportunities for Ohio's urban high school students to enroll and succeed at Ohio University. The program provides scholarship support for graduates who demonstrate excellent academic achievement and financial need. The scholarship provides a bridge between federal and state financial support and the total cost of attendance. Each scholarship is valued at more than $14,000. To date, nearly $1 million in gifts and pledges has been raised to fund the scholarship program. 

Eventually, the Urban Scholars Program will recruit 100 new scholars annually. Initially, the program is targeting students in Ohio's metropolitan areas, but it will eventually branch out to other cities in the nation.

This program is designed to target students who sometimes get passed over as universities compete for the top percentage of members of underrepresented student populations. To qualify, students must have financial need, show academic achievement as reflected by high school grades and College Board test scores and submit letters of recommendation. Members of the selection committee interview all finalists in person. More than 100 students from Ohio high schools visited Ohio University in February as part of the Urban Scholars Visitation Program.

"I am very excited about this second class of Urban Scholars," said Assistant to the President for Diversity G. Christine Taylor. "This is a great group of students and I'm certain they will continue the great tradition started by the first class."

The 2006 Urban Scholars class includes:

  • Cortney M. Casey is a graduate of East Technical High School in Cleveland. She plans to major in biology/pre-med and participated in fencing, cheerleading and hi-stepping. She served as senior class president, vice president of student council and was a member of the Broadcast Club, Decoration Committee, math team and the yearbook staff. She is the daughter of Sidney Rogers.


     
  • Joshua J. Crafter is a graduate of Columbus Alternative School in Columbus. He plans to major in business/public relations and works as a disc jockey in his spare time. He is the son of Betty J. Crafter.


     
  • Curtis D. Flowers Jr. is a graduate of Early College in Cleveland. He plans to major in computer engineering and was a member of the Latin Club, Environmental Club and yearbook committee. He was a volunteer at the library and for the Coats for Kids program. He is the son of Curtis and Gloria Flowers.


  • Chantay L. Jordan is a graduate of James F. Rhodes High School in Cleveland. She played varsity basketball and junior varsity softball and was a member of the senior committee and the yearbook staff. She plans on majoring in journalism and is the daughter of Sheila Foster.


  • Travis D. Keeling is a graduate of Saint Xavier High School in Cincinnati. He plans to major in biology/pre-med. He was a member of the Hands Across the Campus program, which focuses on building bridges, expanding personal horizons and increasing understanding among diverse groups. He is the son of Jeanna Keeling.


  • John Lee is a graduate of East Technical High School in Cleveland. He is a member of the Chess Club, school newspaper and student council and won first place in a youth speech competition. He participated in basketball, football, baseball and track. He was voted best witness during a mock trial competition during high school. He plans on majoring in psychology and is the son of Ronnetta Lee.


  • Dominique M. Miller is a graduate of Robert Rogers High School in Toledo. She plans to major in mechanical engineering and is a volunteer for the Special Olympics and local blood drives and toy drives. She was a member of the track team, Spanish Club and worked on the stage crew for high school theater productions. She was the treasurer of the National Honor Society and was a member of the Principal's List. She is the daughter of Jerry and Gina Harris.


  • India R. Pierce is a graduate of Cleveland School of the Arts in Cleveland. She plans to major in broadcast journalism and has been a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House. She participated in the Future Connections Leadership and the Educating Cleveland's Children programs and was a Cleveland Museum of Art ambassador. She also participated in the New Play Festival and Black History Program while in high school. Pierce served as a vice president of student council and was a member of Ohio Students for Equal Funding. She is the daughter of Cynthia Crosby.


  • Brittney C. Poindexter is a graduate of Columbus Alternative School in Columbus. She plans on majoring in child psychology and was a volunteer for the Columbus Children's Theatre, American Red Cross, Buckeye Ranch Kelton House and the Woodward Park Recreation Center. In high school, she participated in the Youth to Youth program, Dance Ensemble, Mixed Chorus and Women's Chorus and theater. She also won the Outstanding Intern Award in high school and is the daughter of Wilma Hatton.


  • Vanessa L. Reid is a graduate of Columbus Alternative School in Columbus. She plans on majoring in business marketing and participated in the Youth Challenging Racism workshop, African Beginnings Community Dance program and The Chocolate Nutcracker. She was the captain of the Double Dutch team and is a member of world and state champion YWCA Double Dutch teams. She danced in the Thiossane West African Dance Company and served as class treasurer of her junior and senior classes. She was a member of Student Senate, Black Cultural Awareness Club and the Kiwanis Club. She is daughter of Julie Reid.

For more information about the Urban Scholars Program, contact the President's Office for Diversity at (740) 593-9376 or visit www.ohio.edu/diversity.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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