CLEVELAND—Part of an existing gift, Mayfield Heights, Ohio-based Parker Hannifin will establish a community at Cleveland State University for Cleveland Metropolitan School District graduates, providing them with housing and support services.
The Parker Hannifin Learning Community at CSU for Cleveland schools graduates will provide 40 participating students with two years of free, on-campus housing, according to a news release. Students also will have access to mentoring services and career-preparation activities such as internships and hands-on research projects.
William Dube, director of communications and media relations for Cleveland State, said the $5 million commitment is part of $10 million originally given to Cleveland State by the Parker Hannifin Foundation as part of the university's campaign.
Both Cleveland State and Parker Hannifin thought this was a good way to refocus some of those funds after Cleveland was named a Say Yes to Education community, Dube said.
Say Yes to Education is a national initative that aims to strengthen communities by supporting public school students as they complete high school and gain access and to affordable postsecondary education, ultimately helping them to obtain a college degrees. The Cleveland community has supported these efforts, with local business and community organizations raising more than $85 million collectively, Cleveland State said.
Say Yes to Education will provide Cleveland Metropolitan School District graduates (in the future, some residency requirements will be attached) with scholarships to public colleges and universities such as Cleveland State. Providing free, on-campus housing helps remove another economic barrier to college, the release stated.