YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Dozens of graduating Youngstown City Schools students will be getting some extra help continuing their education after picking up their diplomas on Friday.
During Friday morning’s East High School Commencement, more than 70 students were recognized as being among the first to receive “Y-STAR” scholarships. Others from both Chaney High School and Youngstown Early College will receive funds as well.
Leaders with the Youngstown Foundation established the program to help inner city students who will attend either Youngstown State University or Eastern Gateway Community College. Those qualifying can receive up to $3,000 for college expenses.
“This is really the last dollars for a lot of kids. It’s hard to come up with those last dollars to go to post-secondary education, so this will cover things like tuition, books, parking, lab fees,” said Jan Strasfeld, executive director of the Youngstown Foundation.
In all, 160 of the city’s 300 graduates qualified for Y-STAR scholarships totaling nearly $500,000.
Leaders with the Youngstown Foundation set aside $3 million back in 2012 to fund the scholarships, starting with this year’s graduating classes. The goal of the program is to increase the city’s high school graduation rates, raise student achievement and increase local college admission rates.
You can find more information about the scholarships on the Youngstown Foundation’s website.