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$5 million Gund Foundation grant supports student success at CSU

A generous grant from The George Gund Foundation will provide 120 Say Yes Cleveland scholarship recipients from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) the opportunity to participate in Cleveland State University’s highly successful Living Learning Community. 

The university’s program helps students succeed and ultimately graduate by providing a residential experience with academic support, graduation coaching, and other comprehensive wraparound services. 

The Say Yes to Education Cleveland program, launched in 2019, guarantees postsecondary tuition scholarships to eligible CMSD graduates. The $5 million grant awarded to CSU in honor of retiring Gund Foundation president David Abbott addresses students’ other critical needs.  

The grant will support 30 students per year for four consecutive years covering the full cost of room and board for freshmen and sophomores, and 50 percent of room and board costs for juniors and seniors who continue to live on campus.

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