City to include more schools in higher education investment program

By Andrea Cordle
Grove City Editor

In 2016, the city of Grove City started its Higher Education Investment Program. Now, city leaders are expanding the program to include more institutions.

The scholarship program is designed to assist local students in obtaining a post-secondary education.

“We started this program in 2016 and since that time, there has been a total of 200 students who have obtained this scholarship,” said Grove City councilman Randy Holt at a recent council meeting. “We have awarded approximately $369,500 over these almost eight years.”

To qualify for the program, a student must reside in the corporation limits of Grove City and attend a participating school. Those schools were limited to institutions that had a physical presence in the city, which includes Columbus State Community College, Ohio Dominican University, and Ohio Christian University.

The city council voted on legislation to expand that scope to include schools that are within a 70-mile radius of Grove City Hall. This includes institutions like The Ohio State University, Franklin University, Otterbein, and Capital University. It can even include online schools, as long at it has an office in that distance.

According to councilman Ted Berry, Grove City is the only municipality in the country to offer such a program to its residents.

“The impact stories on the students who have went through this (program) are heartwarming,” said Berry.

Those accepted in the higher education investment program receive a $1,000 tuition payment to the student’s participating school each semester. That amount is for full-time students. Part time students receive a $500 tuition payment for 6 to 11 credit hours. Each qualifying student can reapply each semester and receive a maximum of $12,000.

Students must also agree to perform community service within the city of Grove City.

“The purpose is to endear them to the city, so they become more of a member of the city and feel committed,” said Holt.

Holt said the idea behind the volunteerism is that the students would want to stay in the city after school.

Berry said this has worked.

“We have been able to keep them here after they meet people through volunteerism,” he said.

In addition to community service, program participants must also maintain a 2.0 grade point average each semester.

Grove City also offers a skilled trades labor award, designed to assist residents seeking a license of certification in a skilled trade. This award funds a maximum of $2,100 per year.

The Grove City Higher Education Committee reviews applicants for both programs.

For additional information on the higher education investment program or the skilled trades labor award, visit grovecityohio.gov.

 

 

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