Cincinnati State and Butler Tech partner on ‘Be Great Scholarship’

Butler Tech CEO Jon Graft (left) and Cincinnati State Provost Robbin Hoopes with high school students from Butler Tech’s Bioscience Center Campus in West Chester, where the students are earning college credits through the College Credit Plus program operated by Cincinnati State.  Students include, from left, Tyra Jordan, Skyler Gordon, Alexis Goins, Olivia Ripley, Mackenzie Korte, Tesia Hamblin, Sherry Lane, Megan Garrett, Jaden Thornsburg, and Mariah Banion

Butler Tech CEO Jon Graft (left) and Cincinnati State Provost Robbin Hoopes with high school students from Butler Tech’s Bioscience Center Campus in West Chester, where the students are earning college credits through the College Credit Plus program operated by Cincinnati State. Students include, from left, Tyra Jordan, Skyler Gordon, Alexis Goins, Olivia Ripley, Mackenzie Korte, Tesia Hamblin, Sherry Lane, Megan Garrett, Jaden Thornsburg, and Mariah Banion

 

A new partnership between Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and Butler Tech will make the goal of a college degree more affordable for students and their families.

The Butler Tech-Cincinnati State Be Great Scholarship is designed to bridge the gap between the total cost of attending Cincinnati State and the funds a student receives from federal financial aid, other scholarships, grants and expected family contribution. Qualifying students (see eligibility below) will receive up to a $750 Be Great Scholarship per semester, or up to $3,000 while earning a two-year degree. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2018.

“The Be Great Scholarship will open doors for more students to receive a high-quality college education while reducing future burdens of debt,” said Jon Graft, Superintendent and CEO of Butler Tech. “We are proud to partner with Cincinnati State in building a more affordable continuum of education that allows students to develop in-demand skills to meet Ohio’s workforce needs.”

Cincinnati State, which has a branch campus in Middletown, is Ohio’s designated community college for Butler County. It is already working with Butler Tech to provide high school students the opportunity to earn college credits through the College Credit Plus program. Students can earn up to a year or more of college credits through the program, further reducing the cost of college.

Cincinnati State Provost Robbin Hoopes (left) and Butler Tech Superintendent/CEO Jon Graft  sign an agreement establishing the Butler Tech-Cincinnati State Be Great Scholarship program.

Cincinnati State Provost Robbin Hoopes (left) and Butler Tech Superintendent/CEO Jon Graft sign an agreement establishing the Butler Tech-Cincinnati State Be Great Scholarship program.

In addition, the two schools recently signed a joint-use agreement that will allow Butler Tech to expand its Bioscience Building along Interstate 75, while allowing Cincinnati State to utilize classrooms and labs in the facility to teach college-level courses.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students in Butler Tech’s high school programs to get a great start on an excellent college education,” said Dr. Monica Posey, president of Cincinnati State. “We are delighted to be working with Butler Tech to make this happen.”

Eligibility for Butler Tech-Cincinnati State Be Great Scholarship program.

The Butler Tech-Cincinnati State Be Great Scholarship will be available for the first 100 eligible applicants to Cincinnati State who will graduate from a Butler Tech high school program this spring. The program includes students who attend a Butler Tech campus and those who complete a Butler Tech pathway within one of its associate school districts: Edgewood City, Fairfield City, Lakota Local, Madison Local, Middletown City, Monroe Local, New Miami Local, Northwest Local, Ross Local, and Talawanda Schools.

To qualify for the Be Great Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Have a high school grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Complete the 2018 – 19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15
  • Register for a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester at Cincinnati State. All Cincinnati State degree and certificate programs are eligible for the award.

Butler Tech students with questions about completing their FAFSA may contact their high school counselor.

Questions about the Butler Tech-Cincinnati State Be Great Scholarship may be directed to Mimi Summers, Cincinnati State’s Regional Director for Butler County, at 513-217-3710 or mimi.summers@cincinnatistate.edu; or to Katie Bauer, Career Tech Pathway and Transition Manager for Cincinnati State, at 513-569-1422 or kathryn.bauer@cincinnatistate.edu