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The Clark State Foundation and the Springfield City School District have teamed up to annually identify 40 low-income middle school students who will become the first in their families to earn a college degree. Upon their graduation from Springfield High School, the Champion City Scholars students will be eligible for three years of college at Clark State, at no cost to the students. Volunteer mentors encourage the students from eighth grade through their third year of college. Enrichment experiences include career exploration, cultural appreciation and cultivating a sense of responsibility to give back to the community.

Contributors to the Champion City Scholars and other such scholarship programs provide life-changing educational opportunities with far-reaching impact.

How are the scholars selected?
All eighth grade students in Springfield City School District receive a letter informing them of the program. Students who qualify for the program pick up an application from the guidance counselor at their school. To qualify for the program, the student must meet the eligibility requirements of the free or reduced school lunch program, have at least a 2.0 grade point average and his/her parents cannot have earned a bachelor’s degree. In the application, the students are asked to write a personal statement and submit two recommendation letters from an adult in their school and an adult outside the school community. The school also provides a copy of their grade card and their attendance record. Students are then interviewed and evaluated by a team consisting of Clark State representatives, Clark State Foundation Board members and Springfield City School District representatives. The top candidates are selected from each of the three middle schools.

Champion City Scholars Program 2016 Selection Class
Ty'Kel Belle
Breyanna Cavanagh
Jessica Clay
Dominic Cleelan
Allison Copeland
Emily Damewood
Alena Davis
Jailyn Dean
Aaliyah Dodd
Christopher Doughman Jr
MacKenzie Edgington
Jason Eldridge
Katlynn Erne
Imani Fudge
Pedro Gamez Netro
Stephanie Garza
Amelia Gaynor
Austin Gettys
Trinity Hoskins
Orionna Howard
McKenzey Inman
Gyasalyn Jones
Shyanne Kidd
Izabella Lafferty
Phillip Lorenz
Andrew Lynch
Jasmine Machado
Jakob Maynard
Brianna McDonald
Zakyla McMahon
Hailey Mount
Justin Neal
Alexiya Payne
Hunter Putnam
Samantha Quiales
Carla Rodriguez Netro
Adrianna Saylor
Kaulana Smith
David Tucker
Jeremy Ward Jr.
Matthew Welch
Daniel Wells
Elijah Williams
Hailey Willoughby
Tehya Wilson
Anthony Wilson

What are the expectations of the scholars?
Upon selection to the program, all Scholars and their parents/guardians must sign a contract. The contract states the Champion City Scholars student must maintain a 2.0 or greater grade point average, maintain 93 percent or better school attendance, participate in at least 75 percent of the program activities, exhibit good citizenship, take classes in high school that will prepare the students for college and stay enrolled in the Springfield City School District.

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