College Now’s mission is to increase postsecondary educational attainment in Greater Cleveland through college and career access advising, financial aid counseling, and scholarship and retention services. For over 50 years, our goal has been to help students of all ages pursue educational opportunities that empower them to embark on rewarding careers and strengthen our community. College Now assists more than 30,000 individuals each year, delivering services in 185 venues across Northeast Ohio and awarding $3.5 million in scholarships. Students receiving College Now scholarships have a 92% first- to second-year retention rate, and have graduated at an average rate of 71% over the last three years, both of which are significantly higher than the national average for students from similar demographics. This Giving Tuesday, we are grateful for the support of our programs, which help so many students throughout Greater Cleveland.
College Now was also a convening partner of Say Yes Cleveland, a community initiative and tuition gap-closing scholarship that launched in January 1029 to ensure that children in the city of Cleveland have access to wraparound services in schools and the opportunity to dream – and succeed – through postsecondary education. Over 1,800 community members from 500 area companies are paired as volunteers mentors for College Now and Say Yes Cleveland scholarship recipients. Each year, College Now must recruit upwards of 1,200 new mentors to pair with graduating high school seniors. You can also give your time on Giving Tuesday by signing up to be a mentor at www.collegenowgc.org/become-a-mentor/.