July 30, 2007
By George Mauzy
Ohio University has announced its third class of Urban Scholars. The students, all from Ohio, begin classes on the Athens campus this fall.
They are Shannon Kee, Elvin Roldan and Samantha Scott, all of Cleveland; Basia Howard and Samuel Ricks, both of Columbus; Sam Freeman of Bedford Heights; Andres Ruiz of Lorain; Harvey Smith of Akron; Tierra Walker of Cincinnati; and Cierra Waller of Shaker Heights.
The Urban Scholars Program, an initiative of Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, is designed to increase campus diversity and enhance opportunities for Ohio's urban high school students to enroll and succeed in college. Each scholarship is valued at more than $14,000.
To qualify, students must show financial need, demonstrate past academic achievement as reflected by high school grades and College Board test scores, and submit letters of recommendation. Members of a selection committee interview all finalists in person.
The program currently targets students in Ohio's metropolitan areas, but eventually will seek students from large cities around the nation.
Coming in the fall: Watch for a more in-depth look at the scholars at the start of fall quarter.