WednesdayJune 6, 2018

Emergency loans and grants assist CState students

Cincinnati State students who find themselves in need of emergency financial assistance in order to stay in school can reach out to two possible sources.

Both use a simple online form to initiate a request for financial help.

The Charles E. Schell Foundation (Fifth Third Bank Trustee) funds a grant that allows Cincinnati State students to request an interest-free loan to assist with tuition, textbooks, exam fees, or other related educational expenses.

Eligiblity for a Schell Foundation loan includes these criteria:

  • Age 18 to 25
  • Citizen of Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, or adjoining states, with parents of moderate means who are citizens of these states
  • Making satisfactory academic progress as determined by the Cincinnati State Financial Aid Office
  • Current College grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher

The Women’s Fund Higher Education Emergency Grant is a new resource supported by the Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the Women to Self-Sufficiency Project.

The Emergency Grant fund is intended to help provide a safety net that makes it possible for more students to complete their education. The grant does not have to be paid back; however, recipients are encouraged to "pay it forward."

Eligibility for a Women's Fund Emergency Grant includes these criteria:

  • Currently enrolled at Cincinnati State
  • Emergency must be non-school related (for example, funds cannot be used for books) except in extenuating circumstances
  • Must be willing to complete a follow-up survey to help gauge the effectiveness of the emergency grant
  • Preference is given to female students

To apply for either source of funds, students should follow these steps:

  • Log in to “My Services”
  • Locate the “College and Community Resources” section, and click “Cincinnati State College Resources”
  • Click the link for either “Charles E. Schell Foundation Loan” or the "Women’s Fund Higher Education Emergency Grant”
  • Fill out and submit the online application form

Descriptions of the two funds and their criteria are also available in this flyer (click to download).

For more information, contact Neisha Wiley in Counseling Services (569-1603 or

Mt Healthy Upward Bound students enjoy campus summer enrichment program

Cincinnati State's TRIO Upward Bound welcomed students from Mt. Healthy Junior/Senior High School (seen above) to Clifton Campus on June 4 to launch the annual summer program for Upward Bound participants.

On Thursday, June 7, the students will participate in a supervised scavenger hunt on campus to examine their initial knowledge of Cincinnati State. If you see the students, please say hello!

The Upward Bound students will participate in classes and personal development activities on Clifton Campus throughout June, followed by a two-day leadership conference in early July.

Cincinnati State was awarded grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2012-- with a grant renewal in 2017-- to support the TRIO Upward Bound program at Mt. Healthy. The current grant ends in May 2022.

"Traditional" Upward Bound (like the program at Mt. Healthy) helps secondary school students from disadvantaged backgrounds (including low-income individuals and first-generation college students) to successfully graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary options.

Students in the program receive support including career counseling, academic assistance, and the annual summer enrichment program.

The Cincinnati State grant serves 63 students each year, and has maintained a high school graduation rate of 100%.

TRIO Upward Bound is part of Cincinnati State's College Access programs, which include Veteran’s Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and the Educational Opportunity Center.

For more information about the Upward Bound students and their summer activities, contact Assistant Director Calvin Robinson ( or Academic Specialist Allyson Knue (

CState student wins Developmental Education Association scholarship

Congratulations to Andrea Lewis (seen above holding her award letter) who was one of the 2018 recipients of a $350 scholarship awarded by the Ohio Association for Developmental Education.

Eligibility criteria for the scholarship include completing at least one semester of college, taking at least one developmental (Academic Foundations) course, and maintaining a grade point average of at least 2.5.

Andrea also wrote an essay on the value of Academic Foundations courses in preparing her for success in college and her future career.

Pictured with Andrea are the faculty members who recommended her for the scholarship, Kelly Edmondson (left) and Sandi Buschmann.

Condolences to the Bertram/Feld family

Bette Bertram, mother of adjunct faculty member Mark Bertram and mother-in-law of Co-op Coordinator Andi Feld, died June 2.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 8, at the Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home in Greencastle, IN. Interment will follow at the Forest Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Greencastle Housing Authority Emergency Shelter Endowment, c/o of the Putnam County Foundation, Greencastle, IN 46135; the Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry; or the Humane Society of Putnam County.

Condolences may be shared with the family via the funeral home website.

Overlook adjusts Friday schedule & salad bar

The Overlook Cafe will be closing at 2 p.m. on Fridays (rather than 2:30) for the rest of Summer Semester, due to the low volume of customer traffic after 2 p.m.

However, the salad bar will be half price all day on Fridays (rather than half price for a limited time at the end of Friday hours).

So when you make your Friday on-campus lunch plans, be sure you get to the Overlook before 2 p.m.... and enjoy your salad!

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