Ashtabula Foundation Makes $100,000 Gift

to Help Launch Kent State Ashtabula Rising Scholars

PHOTO: Members of the Ashtabula Foundation present a ceremonial check in the amount of $100,000 to start an endowed fund in support of the Rising Scholars program at Kent State University at Ashtabula. Pictured are (left to right) Trustee and Past President Cheryle J. Chiaramonte, Trustee Roger A. Corlett, Associate Lecturer of Theater and Kent State Ashtabula Rising Scholars coordinator Natalie Huya, Board Secretary/Treasurer William W. “Bud” Hill, Kent State Ashtabula Dean and Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Susan J. Stocker, Board President John D. Dolan, Trustee G. Richard Coblitz, and Trustee Dr. Jerome A. Brockway. ###

PHOTO: Members of the Ashtabula Foundation present a ceremonial check in the amount of $100,000 to start an endowed fund in support of the Rising Scholars program at Kent State University at Ashtabula. Pictured are (left to right) Trustee and Past President Cheryle J. Chiaramonte, Trustee Roger A. Corlett, Associate Lecturer of Theater and Kent State Ashtabula Rising Scholars coordinator Natalie Huya, Board Secretary/Treasurer William W. “Bud” Hill, Kent State Ashtabula Dean and Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Susan J. Stocker, Board President John D. Dolan, Trustee G. Richard Coblitz, and Trustee Dr. Jerome A. Brockway. ###

ASHTABULA, OHIO (AUG.23, 2019) – The launch of the new Rising Scholars program at Kent State University at Ashtabula received a big boost recently with a $100,000 donation from the Ashtabula Foundation as part of the organization’s longstanding mission of bettering Ashtabula County, in part through education. The donation is the first gift into establishing an endowment that will fund and support Rising Scholars in Ashtabula. The program welcomes its first cohort of students this semester. The primary focus of the Rising Scholars Program is to support the success of a select group of students who have promising academic ability. Students are supervised and guided through middle school and high school until they enroll in postsecondary education. “We are extremely grateful for the Ashtabula Foundation’s support of the Rising Scholars program and their continued support of creating educational opportunities for people in our community,” said Dean and Chief Administrative Officer Susan J. Stocker, Ph.D. “With their generous gift to start an endowed fund, the Kent State Ashtabula Rising Scholars program can become a model for increasing the number of rural, low-income students who pursue higher education and graduate from college.” The program combines mentoring with community and corporate assistance, creating a support system that prepares young adults, beginning in seventh grade, for life after high school. The program allows them to maximize their all-important high school years. Kent State Ashtabula students who have had similar experiences regarding family life or socioeconomic challenges serve as mentors to guide these promising middle and high school students through difficult personal and academic situations. When student participants commit to and complete the program, their tuition is covered at Kent State Ashtabula. They will also become the next generation of mentors who “pay back” their community for this generous support. “The Ashtabula Foundation mission is the betterment of Ashtabula County residents by improvements in the quality of educational, religious and cultural pursuits. The Ashtabula Foundation’s gift to the

Rising Scholars program will add to the fulfillment of our mission,” said John D. Dolan, Ashtabula Foundation president. “With Kent State Ashtabula administrating the program, the qualifying Ashtabula Area City Schools students will have an opportunity to receive a college education. Our trustees look forward to the future success and expansion of the Rising Scholars program to other schools throughout Ashtabula County.” For more information on the Rising Scholars program, visit www.kent.edu/ashtabula/rising-scholars or www.ashtabulafoundation.org.

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Ducro Family donates $20,000

for Rising Scholars program

The Ducro Family recently gave a $20,000 gift to the Ashtabula Foundation for the Kent State Ashtabula Rising Scholars Program Fund. Pictured are (left to right): Kent State Ashtabula Associate Lecturer of Theater and Rising Scholars Coordinator Natalie Huya; Dean and Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Susan J. Stocker; Sue Ducro; J.P. Ducro IV; Ashtabula Foundation Trustee and Past President Cheryle J. Chiaramonte, and Foundation Board Secretary/Treasurer William W. “Bud” Hill.

The Ducro Family recently gave a $20,000 gift to the Ashtabula Foundation for the Kent State Ashtabula Rising Scholars Program Fund. Pictured are (left to right): Kent State Ashtabula Associate Lecturer of Theater and Rising Scholars Coordinator Natalie Huya; Dean and Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Susan J. Stocker; Sue Ducro; J.P. Ducro IV; Ashtabula Foundation Trustee and Past President Cheryle J. Chiaramonte, and Foundation Board Secretary/Treasurer William W. “Bud” Hill.

ASHTABULA (JUNE 2019) — The Ducro family recently made a generous $20,000 gift to the Rising Scholars program through the Ashtabula Foundation to Kent State University at Ashtabula.

“We are extremely honored and pleased to partner with the Ashtabula Foundation to contribute to the start of the Rising Scholars program,” said Sue Ducro, who presented the gift along with her son, Ashtabula County Commissioner J.P. Ducro IV. “This gift is really in honor of my late husband, J. Peter Ducro, and our son, J.P. Our family has always shared a great passion for education and community service. We want Ashtabula County to be the best it can be and provide opportunities for everyone to better themselves. We believe the success of Rising Scholars will have a tremendous impact on this community for generations to come.”

The primary focus of the Rising Scholars Program is to support the success of a select group of students who have promising academic ability.

Students are supervised and guided through middle school and high school until they enroll in post-secondary education.

The program combines mentoring with community and corporate assistance, creating a support system that prepares young adults, beginning in seventh grade, for life after high school. The program allows them to maximize their all-important high school years.

Kent State Ashtabula students who have had similar experiences regarding family life or socioeconomic challenges serve as mentors to guide these promising middle and high school students through difficult personal and academic situations. When student participants commit to and complete the program, their tuition is covered at Kent State Ashtabula. They will also become the next generation of mentors who “pay back” their community for this generous support.