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The Presidents’ Council Scholarship Program: Unlocking access to and through higher education


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PC Scholars: Getting black students TO and THROUGH college by activating the entrepreneurial mindset of the next generation, growing college graduation among people of color, and the growth of expertise in fields where people of color were historically excluded.

The Presidents’ Council opens doors to success by fostering leadership at all levels and equipping students to think and act like authentic leaders, providing multi-level support to both parents and scholars. We encourage scholars’ fresh perspective on the world as well as the value for diversity and social justice within a whole new global context, serving as cultural mirrors.

The PC Scholars Program consists of two parts:

Our free, three-year high school program begins during a student’s sophomore year and continues until they complete their senior year of high school. The PC Scholars Program welcomes rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with the program meeting on select Saturdays from September to May.

Our scholars also receive the following benefits:

  • Eligibility for paid summer internships
  • Participation in and exposure to College and Career Fairs
  • ACT and SAT preparation
  • Opportunity to use program experience as an application and resume builder
  • Eligibility for financial support to not only enter, but complete college
  • Involvement with Northeast Ohio’s premier Black Business Chamber
  • Ability to develop business and entrepreneurial skills while ensuring they are prepared for higher education and the workforce
  • Eligibility for a financial scholarship upon completion of the PC Scholars high school program
    • Does NOT affect Say Yes Scholarship Funding

Apply to PC Scholars

Ideal PC Scholar/Applicant Criteria:

  1. Black Northeast Ohio High School Student
  2. Must be a rising Sophomore, Junior or Senior
  3. 2.0 – 3.0 GPA (can be a bit above or below)
  4. Low Income and/or First-Generation College Student
  5. Have a high interest in Business or Entrepreneurship
  6. Ability to attend 95% of scheduled sessions
  7. Eligible to work in June 2023

“As part of the most ethnically and gender aware cohort, teens are exposed to more, asked to understand more, and driven to fight for more. It’s only natural that teens are passionate about equality and justice of every kind. They fight for themselves, their friends, their classmates and others they see treated unfairly, whether due to issues of gender, sexuality, race, pay, or environmental.”

– Mary Meehan, Contributor, Forbes Magazine


Benefits of a Summer Internship:

  • Paid summer internship ($15 per hour)
  • Gain professional mentors
  • Exposure to a professional work environment
  • Build your resume with a valuable work experience
  • Network with Business owners and professionals in your area of interest
  • Potential work opportunities upon internship completion

Benefits of Hosting an Intern:

  • Develop young scholars’ minds by introducing them to a professional setting
  • Present possible career opportunities through a variety of purposeful tasks and activities
  • Receive grant funds to cover the interns hourly rate + $1000 to cover payroll expenses
  • Serve as a mentor the next generation of black leaders
  • Opportunity to extend employment upon internship completion

Thank You to our Sponsors

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