Celebrating 10 years of the Ninde Scholars Program, 2016 graduates were honored May 16 at Kendal at Oberlin.
Program director Susan Pavlus announced the 10 Oberlin High students received 66 college acceptances, the result of their commitment and added work in evening workshops and summer programs.
Many also earned scholarships as announced at the Oberlin High School awards ceremony. The support of teachers, parents, and tutors were critical to their success. The tutors were Oberlin College undergraduates from the Bonner Center for Service and Learning.
The Ninde Program, founded by late Kendal residents Dick and Nan Ninde, aims to encourage and support Oberlin High School students to go on to higher education, providing tutoring, academic workshops, and assistance throughout the college application process.
A collaborative effort of the Oberlin City Schools, Oberlin College, Lorain County Urban League, and the Community Foundation of Lorain County, many aspects of the program are open to all OHS students beginning with the ninth grade.
Especially encouraged are those who may be the first in their families to be considering higher education.
The numbers of senior class students submitting scholarship applications have tripled in recent years, including 353 in 2016.
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Photos by Eleanor Helper | Kendal Publicity Plugs The 2016 Ninde scholars are David Carter, Miami University; Kassidee Flood, Mars Hill University; Mar’Kasia Froust, Xavier University; Carlos Mendez, Antioch University; Ayana Morrison, Alfred University; Aliya Rednour, Ohio State University; Jonathan Rosa, Lorain County Community College; and Lauren Wyatt, Xavier University. Not pictured are Elijah Bugg, Heidelberg University; and Jerry Cruz, Cleveland State University (or LCCC).