Dean Larry Johnson also honored as a Distinguished Supporter

The Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI) provides Hamilton County foster youth a long-term academic mentoring relationship that begins in high school and is focused on awareness of, preparation for, and completion of post-secondary education and training. Post-secondary education is not seen as an attainable option for many teens in foster care.  However, in Hamilton County, foster youth are defying national odds in attending and graduating from post-secondary institutions across the country.

This year, 49 mentees participated in a rigorous application process and received over $100,000 to pursue their post-secondary goals: 1) Twenty-one students received High School and 1st year post-secondary schoalrships, 2) Four students received the High school essay award 3) Fifteen students received post-secondary scholarships, and 4) and nine students received re-engagement scholarships.

Every HEMI mentee in attendance also received a gift or giftcard, donated by CECH at the University of Cincinnati. The College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, with the School of Information Technology (CECH) is dedicated to making a difference in our communities through outreach, academic programs, and community partnerships.

Dean Larry Johnson was honored as a Distinguished HEMI Supporter. Dr. Johnson was essential in the creation of HEMI, and his dedication tothe program is a considerable factor in HEMI’s continued success. He has championed HEMI not only throughout the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services, but through the University of Cincinnati as a whole. HEMI is grateful for Dr. Johnson’s commitment to our program.

Thank you for helping HEMI celebrate this year’s award recipients! Your support and commitment to the Higher Education Mentoring Initiative ensures its ongoing success.

Help HEMI raise more funds for our 2020 Scholars Dinner & Scholarships. You can donate to our scholarships on the HEMI Hub homepage.

We Gratefully Acknowledge Support
Ron and Phyllis McSwain
AT&T Inc., Mark Romito
Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. / U.S. Bank Foundation,
Chris Bochenek
United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Mary and Kent Friel
Michael and Kara Graham
And special thanks to the many Friends of HEMI
who have contributed over the years. We could not do this
important work without you!

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