LEADERship Ashtabula County and Kent State University Ashtabula Legacy Scholarship
Timing is everything. 2013 is the 25th Anniversary of LEADERship Ashtabula County, and the timing for this years’ class could not be better. We have learned a lot about Ashtabula County, but also a tremendous amount about ourselves. We realize that we are in a position to lead the resurgence of Ashtabula County and NOW is the time to achieve that goal. We know that education is a key to improving Ashtabula County and its workforce, and reducing the “brain drain” that so many organizations in the county identify as a major problem. Responding to that concern, our class has partnered with Kent State University at Ashtabula to establish an endowed scholarship with an annual award of $1,000, easing the financial pressure that many third and fourth year students are feeling as they approach their goal of degree completion. These particular students tend to establish roots in Ashtabula County and become civic-minded, active participants in our local communities. LEADERship graduates past and present will be a part of the scholarship application review and selection process, and work closely with Kent State University at Ashtabula to determine the best qualified student to receive the annual award. The Leadership Legacy scholarship will be funded through the generous gifts of past, present, and future LEADERship classes, as well as private and corporate donations. The LEADERship Ashtabula County class of 2013 has raised $12,000 to date in support of this initiative for which we feel so strongly. Kent State University requires $25,000 to establish an endowed scholarship; however, a goal of $50,000 has been determined. This will permit a specified amount to be placed in a spendable fund that will allow the scholarship to be awarded annually while the endowment corpus grows, with the purpose of funding the scholarship in perpetuity. Supplementary funds will be designated for the Kent State University at Ashtabula Transformation initiative. The Transformation initiative includes a series of renovations and revitalizations that will result in a comprehensive 21st century campus, making Kent State University at Ashtabula a “destination of choice” by providing the best possible place to grow and learn. Growing our community is the catalyst for establishing this scholarship. We feel that helping to provide an education for someone who cares about Ashtabula County is positive for everyone involved, and collaborating with civic-minded individuals such as you would strengthen our efforts to grow a strong, vibrant and healthy Ashtabula County. Each of the past 24 LEADERship classes will be contacted to help financially with this effort. We are confident that when called upon, the LEADERship Ashtabula community will respond with a resounding “yes”, and we hope that you, too, will consider becoming part of the LEADERship legacy that will have a significant impact on the Ashtabula community of which we are so proud.