Thanks to the vision and generosity of many donors, the Cleveland Foundation offers more than 60 scholarships. While most are for graduating high school seniors attending institutions of higher learning, others enable individuals to pursue vocational training and professional development opportunities.  

The Cleveland Foundation is pleased to announce it has partnered with College Now Greater Cleveland on the administration of its scholarship funds, which will expand the availability of services like mentoring to support students along every step of their higher education journey.  The listing of available scholarships will remain the same.  

Applications for the 2022-23 school year will be submitted through College Now’s application site. The application for Cleveland Foundation scholarships is now open and applications are due March 15, 2022. Learn more and apply now!

Renewal payments will continue to be administered through the Cleveland Foundation. If you were awarded a scholarship in 2021-22 that included renewal eligibility, you will receive an email reminder in early December to request renewal consideration for the next academic year.  You will need to complete and return the Renewal/Verification Form with your 2021-22 Grade Reports and 2022-23 FAFSA-SAR by April 1, 2022. 

Scholarship Listing


A. Grace Lee Mims Vocal Scholarship — To provide scholarships for African American vocal students who are U.S. citizens and pursuing graduate-level study in vocal performance or music education, with an emphasis on voice. Learn more and apply.

Albert W. Geater Memorial Scholarship — To provide scholarships for deserving Northeast Ohio students studying accounting at any accredited, Pell-eligible college, university, or other educational institution. Learn more and apply. 

ALCOA Fund Scholarship To provide scholarship support for underserved and underrepresented populations (African American or Hispanic students) who are graduates of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District or a Catholic school in Greater Cleveland (preferably Cuyahoga County). Learn more and apply 

Alton LaMaur Character Memorial Scholarship — To provide scholarship support for college-bound graduating seniors of Collinwood High School. Must have a 2.5 GPA. Selection decisions are based on academic merit, community involvement, leadership, and financial need. Preference given to African Americans and individuals with a skill/interest in violence mediation/prevention. Learn more and apply. 

Alzada Singleton Davis Scholarship — To provide scholarship support for an African American female sophomore at Cuyahoga Community College’s Metropolitan Campus who has demonstrated academic excellence in the humanities (excluding education or physical sciences) and is matriculating to an upper-division college or university. Learn more and apply 

Ann-Marie Ogletree Child Development Scholarship — To advance education by providing scholarships to residents of Greater Cleveland pursuing the study of early childhood education, counseling or related field. Underserved and under-represented, low-to-moderate income applicants will be given preference. Learn more and apply 

Anna M. Roth Scholarship — To provide scholarship support for graduating seniors from Brush High School, with preference given to students entering the field of education. Selection decisions are based on academic achievement, community involvement and financial need. Learn more and apply 

Arthur P. and Ruth H. Moebius Scholarship — To help students who are graduating seniors – or who have already graduated – from Aurora High School obtain an undergraduate college degree. Students must intend to enroll full-time at an accredited, Pell-eligible educational institution, or already be attending such an institution authorized to provide a program acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor’s degree or a program of training designed to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Learn more and apply 

Association of Asian Indian Women in Ohio Scholarship — The Association of Asian Indian Women in Ohio (AAIWO) attempts to reach out to primarily Asian Indian women, youth, and children in Ohio to promote education through scholarships and cultural outreach programs. Senior scholarships are made possible through the AAIWO Scholarship Fund, which is managed by the Cleveland Foundation. Scholarships are need-based and limited to women of Asian Indian descent and high school seniors (male and female) of Asian Indian descent. Learn more and apply 

Boyd Family Scholarship Fund — To advance education by providing scholarship support for African American graduating seniors of Glenville High School. Learn more and apply. 

Byrne-Rubin Family Trust Scholarship — To provide scholarship support for a Glenville High School graduating senior who can demonstrate academic merit, financial need, leadership, and school or community involvement. Learn more and apply 

Carolyn E. Gordon Teachers’ Fund — To provide scholarship support for African American graduating seniors from Brush High School, with preference given to students entering the field of education majoring in English Language Arts. Selection decisions are based on academic achievement, community involvement, and financial need. Learn more and apply 

Charles D. Whitmer Fund Scholarship — To help persons with an entrepreneurial spirit, at any age, attend – on a full-time basis – a college or university that is authorized to provide full credit toward a bachelor’s or higher degree. Learn more and apply 

Charles Hildreth Kelso Scholarship — The Charles Hildreth Kelso Scholarship will allocate two scholarships to a deserving African American graduating senior student from Glenville High School and Collinwood High School, both in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Learn more and apply.

Charlotte Alexander Scholarship — This fund was established by a transfer of the Educational Trust of the Inner City Protestant Parish to the Cleveland Foundation to provide scholarship support to enable deserving individuals who are residents of Cleveland or its inner-ring suburbs to further and/or complete their formal education. Currently, the beneficiary pool is identified as high school seniors and adults to the age of 28, who are pursuing an undergraduate college degree, or vocational/technical training. Applicants with grade-point averages between 2.0 and 3.3 on a 4.0 grade scale are given preference. Learn more and apply 

Christina Sunga Ryook Scholarship To provide scholarship support as a memorial to honor the life of Christina Sunga Ryook, a graduate of the University of Michigan and Westlake High School, who died in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. The Christina Sunga Ryook Memorial Scholarship is for Westlake High School graduates who will be attending the University of Michigan. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement, leadership, personality, and financial need. Learn more and apply 

Cleveland Women’s City Club Foundation Scholarship In 2009, the Cleveland Women’s City Club Foundation established two scholarship programs at the Cleveland Foundation. One is designated to the YWCA of Cleveland to support female high school graduates (or GED recipients) aging out of the foster care system. The other program, for which details are noted below, is to provide scholarships to graduates of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District who are accepted at an accredited college or university in the United States, have maintained a minimum 3.0 grade-point average, and demonstrate financial need. Learn more and apply 

Cleveland’s Future Engineers Scholarship — The Cleveland’s Future Engineers Scholarship Fund was created to advance education by providing scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are residents of Cuyahoga County, plan to attend a four-year college or university, have maintained a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale), and have demonstrated both an interest and academic achievement in math, science, engineering, or computer technology (with a preference for applicants who plan to seek a career in civil engineering). Learn more and apply 

Covia Aspire Scholarship — Established in 2013, the Covia Aspire Scholarship of the Cleveland Foundation provides support to eligible employee dependents who desire to seek post-secondary education or training for a recognized credential. As such, the award encourages the career “aspirations” of promising young people in the Covia family. Learn more and apply 

Cydney Weingart Scholarship To provide support for public high school graduates enrolled in college as a freshman or sophomore, or enrolled in a vocational training program. The fund is specifically geared to select students who demonstrate a commitment to educational achievement and have a passion for an initial identified course of study or career path. Learn more and apply 

Derek Owens Memorial Scholarship — Derek Owens served with the Cleveland Police Department for 10 years and was assigned to the 4th District. At his passing in March 2008, family, friends, and co-workers contributed resources to commemorate his life by enhancing the opportunities for higher education for graduating high school seniors in the City of Cleveland’s 4th District. They noted that Officer Owens was not only committed to law enforcement in the City of Cleveland, but also to community service and personal outreach. This scholarship is to assist young people to develop into leaders of their families and their communities. Learn more and apply 

Dwight S. and Patricia H. Jordan Scholarship Fund — Dwight S. and Patricia H. Jordan were graduates of Brecksville High School. Dwight had two brothers who also attended Brecksville Schools and Patricia has had five generations of family members attend Brecksville. Sixteen have graduated and two more are in route to graduation. This scholarship was created to provide scholarship support to graduating seniors from the Brecksville-Broadview Heights School District with the hope that the recipients will return to Cleveland after graduation and enjoy living, working and contributing to the Cleveland community. Learn more and apply 

Gates Scholarship in Memory of Ada Gates Stevens — To provide scholarship support for graduating seniors from Elyria High School in Elyria, Ohio. Selection decisions are based on scholastic ability and financial need and are renewable. Learn more and apply 

Harvey High School Scholarship Fund — To provide scholarship support for graduating seniors of Harvey High School. Learn more and apply 

Improve Consulting and Training Group: Bagby, Palmer Memorial Scholarship — To provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District or its inner-ring suburbs who will be attending a qualified educational institution. Learn more and apply 

Paris Mosley Scholarship — To provide annual scholarships to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing or whose primary caregivers are deaf or hard of hearing to attain their post-secondary education. Learn more and apply

Jack Rumbaugh Scholarship — To provide scholarship support for graduating seniors from Shaker Heights High School (must have attended SHHS for at least two years) who have a 2.0 or higher GPA, and have been accepted at a qualified educational institution. Two letters of recommendation (one from an SHHS teacher) as well as an essay are also requested. Criteria for selection are academic achievement, community leadership, and financial need. Learn more and apply 

Jon Lewis Annual Award — To provide scholarship support for a graduating senior from Cleveland Heights High School to enable study or development of any talent or ability he/she may possess. Selection decisions are based on talent, integrity, industry, and financial need. Learn more and apply 

Judge Leo A. and Mrs. Gilberta Jackson Scholarship — The Judge Leo A. and Mrs. Gilberta Jackson Justice and Integrity Scholarship Fund was established Aug. 6, 1999, and named to honor the lives and work of Judge and Mrs. Jackson. The purpose of the fund is to assist collegiate students (juniors and seniors) attain their educational goals. Scholarships from this fund will be awarded to students who demonstrate a passion for public or community service-oriented careers as a vehicle to secure justice for all while adhering to a high standard of personal integrity. Learn more and apply 

Katherine Stanton, Teresa Stanton, and Cecelia Stanton Brown Scholarship — To provide scholarship support for girls wishing to attend Catholic high schools or colleges. Contact Beaumont High School or St. Joseph Academy for their application process for scholarships.

Kathy Brooks Scholarship — To provide scholarship support for seniors graduating from Ashton High School or a consolidated school thereof who are committed to pursuing a degree in education or medical field at a four-year university. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. Strong moral character and involvement in extracurricular activities will also be evaluated. Learn more and apply 

Lamont S. Johnson Memorial Scholarship in Speech Pathology — To support and encourage the formal education of African American male speech pathologists. Learn more and apply. 

Leonard A. and Helen Russell Bretschneider Scholarship — To provide scholarship support for graduating seniors of Solon High School who have attended for four years, achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and plan on attending a two-year, four-year, or vocational school on a full-time basis. Learn more and apply 

Lillian Louise Mayle White Memorial Scholarship — The purpose of the fund is to advance education by providing scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District who will be attending a qualified post-secondary educational institution. Learn more and apply 

Luke Edmond Cox Fund Scholarship — To provide financial support for college to high school or junior college graduates with financial need. Students do not have to be at the top of their class but must be motivated and desirous of earning a college degree. Learn more and apply 

Maureen Kennedy Berg Scholarship (biennial award) — For graduating high school seniors who are residents of Cleveland and will attend a two- or four-year accredited educational institution, and who attended one of the following Cleveland public schools for at least two years: James A. Garfield, Louisa May Alcott, or Charles A. Mooney. Learn more and apply 

McKinney Family Fund Scholarship — The McKinney Family Fund was created to advance education by providing scholarships to graduating high school seniors and/or graduate students seeking post-secondary education to reach their fullest potential. Preference will be given to applicants of minority descent. Learn more and apply 

McNeil Scholarship Fund — To provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Greater Cleveland inner-city schools who will be attending a qualified educational institution, with preference given to applicants from Shaw High School and applicants who are related to members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Learn more and apply 

Miriam Kerruish Stage Scholarship — To provide scholarship support for graduating seniors from Shaker Heights High School. Selection decisions are based principally on scholastic ability and financial need. Learn more and apply 

Nelson G. Peck, Jr. Memorial Scholarship — To provide scholarship support for a freshman at Ohio University or Cuyahoga Community College majoring in engineering. Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA (high school) and financial need. Preference given to graduates of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and African Americans. Learn more and apply 

Northwest Emergency Team Fund Scholarship — To provide scholarship support for children of police officers, firefighters, and paramedics (first responders) in the cities of Bay Village, North Olmsted, Westlake, Lakewood, Rocky River, and Fairview Park. Applicants must be pursuing vocational or technical training or an undergraduate college degree at an accredited, Pell-eligible educational institution. Learn more and apply 

Ohio Laborers Future Leaders of America Scholarship — The Ohio Laborers Future Leaders of America Scholarship is for dependent children of members of local affiliates of Laborers’ District Council of Ohio. Learn more and apply. 

Paul C. and Kathryn W. Miller Scholarship — To provide an annual scholarship to a high school graduate from Berkshire or Cardinal high schools in Geauga County. Must have a minimum 2.0 GPA, achieve test scores of at least 22 on the ACT and 1500 on the SAT, be accepted as a full-time student at a college or technical institute, and show financial need. Learn more and apply 

Perlman Foundation PK Management Employee Scholarship — The Perlman Foundation PK Management Scholarship Fund is a scholarship fund created for the dependents of eligible employees of PK Management Company. Learn more and apply 

Renee Drefahl Spirit of Life Scholarship — The Renee Drefahl Scholarship Fund, established in 2011, awards an annual scholarship for post-secondary education to a member of the graduating class of Edgewood High School (Ashtabula County, Ohio). The purpose of the scholarship is to advance the skills, learning, and life chances of a deserving young person and to inspire him or her to pay it forward in service to others. Learn more and apply 

Rev. A. William Jamerson Memorial Scholarship — To provide scholarship support for active church members who reside in the city of Cleveland or one of its bordering suburbs who plan to enroll in an accredited college or university in pursuit of higher education. Learn more and apply 

Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle Scholarship — To provide scholarship support for worthy students pursuing community service-based college degrees. Applicants must be residents of the cities of Bedford, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, University Heights, East Cleveland, Garfield Heights, Lakewood, Maple Heights, Warrensville Heights, Euclid, South Euclid or Shaker Heights (note: Antioch Baptist Church members may reside anywhere). Learn more and apply 

Robert D. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund — To provide scholarship support for members, or their children, of Communications Workers of America (CWA) – District 4 with a minimum of 18 months tenure, having a minimum 2.0 GPA, and the potential to succeed in college based on completed application. Learn more and apply. 

Robert E. and Ada Hagan Public Service Scholarship — To provide scholarship support for students attending or accepted at Cleveland State University Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs pursuing a public service career. Learn more and apply 

Robert P. Madison Scholarship in Architecture — To provide scholarship support for African American high school students and undergraduates enrolled in coursework at an accredited school of architecture, with a declared major in architecture.  Learn more and apply. 

Roy W. and Wilma Cade Scholarship — The Roy W. and Wilma Cade Scholarship Fund was established in 1999 by Roy W. Cade. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships to graduating seniors or students enrolled in institutions of higher education who are residents of Cleveland or its inner-ring suburbs who are pursuing studies applicable to a major in the Christian ministry. Learn more and apply. 

Ruth Alice Jacobs Roe Memorial Scholarship — To provide scholarship support for a college junior or senior pursuing a nursing career or a member of St. Clair Memorial Hospital’s nursing staff who is interested in pursuing additional nursing education. Preference shall be given to Greater Cleveland residents attending an accredited Ohio college of nursing. Learn more and apply. 

Stephanie Tubbs Jones Memorial Scholarship — This scholarship, begun by family and friends of the highly regarded congresswoman, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, is envisioned to provide financial support for graduating high school seniors from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Applicants must have at least a 2.6 grade-point average (GPA), or equivalent, and evidence financial need. Learn more and apply. 

Terry M. Speth Service Professional Memorial Scholarship — The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships to students pursuing a career in diagnostic imaging. Learn more and apply. 

Timothy Allen Hopkins Memorial Scholarship — To provide scholarship support to graduating seniors (or graduated within one year) from Triway High School (3205 Shreve Road, Wooster, Ohio, 44691) who exhibit strong character and persistence to triumph over adversity and have a minimum 2.5 grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.0 grade scale. Learn more and apply 

Tri-Vantage, LLC Scholarship — The Tri-Vantage, LLC Scholarship Fund was established in 2001 by Tri-Vantage, LLC to provide scholarship support for the children and grandchildren of employees of Tri-Vantage, LLC for post-secondary and post-baccalaureate study at an accredited university or college in either a full-time or part-time capacity. Learn more and apply. 

Vince Federico Memorial Scholarships — To provide scholarship support for graduating seniors at Wickliffe High School. Generally, four recipients are selected annually, one for each of the following categories: football player, male athlete in any sport, female athlete in any sport, and arts (including graphic arts and performing arts). Additionally, all selection decisions are based on outstanding achievements in scholarship, character, and financial need. This scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years. Learn more and apply.

Virginia Jones Memorial Scholarship — To provide scholarship support for graduating female students from Shaw High School. Must rank in top 5 percent of the class. Selection decisions are based on college admission test scores, GPA, extracurricular activities, and teacher appraisals. Learn more and apply 

Wilma A. Chapman Scholarship Fund — To enhance scholarship opportunities for persons with mental challenges who aspire and have the potential to succeed in undertaking college/university course work at either the undergraduate or graduate level. The program is intended to offer scholarship grants annually to persons selected by a committee for awards. Learn more and apply. 

Women’s Civic Club of Cleveland Heights Scholarship — The Women’s Civic Club of Cleveland Heights has been providing scholarships to Cleveland Heights High School graduates for many years. In 2006, the group established an endowed scholarship fund at the Cleveland Foundation and asked that the foundation assume the responsibility for administering the scholarship program. Learn more and apply.