Media Advisory Cincinnati State, Lincoln Heights to announce new scholarship program
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January 8, 2015
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Cincinnati State, Lincoln Heights to announce new scholarship program
Cincinnati State President O’dell M. Owens and Village of Lincoln Heights community leaders will meet at
7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12 to announce a community-based scholarship program and the award of two
$10,000 scholarships to Lincoln Heights residents.
The announcement and scholarship awards will take place in the Lincoln Heights Municipal Building,
1201 Steffen Avenue.
The scholarships are part of a program funded by Cincinnati lobbyist and philanthropist Dick Weiland in
memory of the late Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. Cincinnati State is providing two $10,000 scholarships to
students chosen by a panel of community leaders.
Under the model envisioned by Weiland and Dr. Owens, members of the community will assume a
degree of responsibility for helping the students to succeed at Cincinnati State and in their private lives.
The committee which reviewed scholarship applications was established by community leaders in Lincoln
Heights and included local business owners, religious leaders, and educators. It was led by Robin
Campbell, a Lincoln Heights resident.
The scholarship program in Lincoln Heights is similar to one launched earlier by Cincinnati State and
Weiland in South Cumminsville. Weiland and Dr. Owens have said they expect to add other communities
to the program in the future as a way of paying tribute to Rev. Shuttlesworth, who helped organize the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Martin Luther King and who was a pivotal figure in the
Civil Rights battles in Birmingham, Ala. Weiland was active in the Civil Rights movement, and has said
that Rev. Shuttlesworth viewed education as a vital part of the effort to achieving its goals.
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