The Scioto Foundation has announced that its Board of Governors will continue to offer challenge grants to Scioto County school systems to help raise funds for their UCAN scholarship endowments.
For the UCAN (University/College Network Access) 3.0 plan, the Scioto Foundation has pledged a total match of $80,000 or $40,000 per year over the next two school years (2016-2017 and 2017-2018). During each annual period, the match ratio will be determined by the total amount raised, much like the process involved in the Foundation’s Scioto Gives program, according to Executive Director Kim Cutlip.
“For example, if $80,000 is raised by the participating school systems during the year, the match will be 50¢ per each dollar raised,” Cutlip said. “There will be no cap on what schools can bring in.”
For the college preparedness portion of the UCAN 3.0 plan, the Scioto Foundation will continue to support AP Teacher Education through educational stipends for teachers from local districts attending Shawnee State University’s Advance Placement Summer Instititute.
The Foundation will also continue to offer $1,000 mini-grants to local schools for college preparedness activities. These funds are to support/offset costs for students and families and can be used for AP, ACT, Explore, Plan or PSAT exam fees. ACT prep programs, however, must show evidence of student participation and outcome.
The Scioto Foundation holds UCAN awareness activities during the school year. The UCAN Go to College Night, scheduled for 5:30 – 7 p.m. on October 11 at the SOMC Friends Center, is designed for students in grades 7 – 12. Plans are under discussion for a UCAN Carnival for parents and k – 3rd grade students next spring.
To address the issue of paying for college, the Scioto Foundation plans an information campaign around “saving for college” as another aspect of UCAN, increasing awareness of college saving plans such as the 529 program and the numerous scholarships available to students through the Scioto Foundation on-line at www.sciotofoundation.org with applications
beginning in January each year.
Additional information about the UCAN 3.0 program, as well as topics like paying for college and finding available scholarships, may be obtained by contacting the Scioto Foundation staff at (740) 354-4612.