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Continuing Scholars Model earns historic $6.8M grants for CSU, Tri-C

Posted September 01, 2023 in Articles

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation has bestowed a landmark grant of approximately $3.3 million upon the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) and approximately $3.5 million upon Cleveland State University (CSU) to further advance the renowned Mandel Continuing Scholars Program. The funding totaling up to $6.8 million guarantees continued program operations and facilitates long-term planning—bringing exciting prospects for students exploring their transfer options to pursue a bachelor's degree and ensuring a seamless and successful transition.

“We are so grateful for this investment, which reaffirms CSU’s strong ties to the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation and our longstanding partnership with Tri-C,” said Laura J. Bloomberg, Ph.D., CSU President. “Thanks to the Mandel Continuing Scholars program, even more students in the Greater Cleveland area will have the opportunity to earn a degree and become a Mandel Honors College alum.”

The Mandel Continuing Scholars Program, initiated in 2017, is a rigorous pathway for Tri-C's Mandel Scholars Academy graduates, propelling them to Cleveland State University's prestigious Mandel Honors College. The program has already successfully matriculated 110 Tri-C Mandel Scholar alumni to CSU, while 254 students have completed the Mandel Continuing Scholars Program at Tri-C. With renewed support from the Mandel Foundation for eight years extending into 2031, more students will benefit from this exceptional pipeline program.

“We are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for our students through the Mandel Continuing Scholars Program,” said Michael A. Baston, President of Tri-C. “This initiative exemplifies our commitment to nurturing academic talent and producing future community leaders and our commitment to a thriving partnership with Cleveland State University.”

“We are pleased to make these further investments to secure the future of this partnership and its enduring impact,” said Jehuda Reinharz, President and CEO of the Mandel Foundation. “Tri-C and Cleveland State are cultivating the civic-minded citizens Northeast Ohio needs to lead us toward a stronger social and economic future.”

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