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September 16, 2016
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Scholarship Initiative Renewed at Mount Union
The University of Mount Union announced its continued commitment to battle "brain drain" in the area and keep Alliance's best and brightest in the city by renewing the Investment Alliance scholarship initiative. Initially launched in 2014 in cooperation with Alliance City Schools, the scholarship program awards full-tuition scholarships to high-caliber Alliance High School graduates.

Through Investment Alliance, the top 15 students of each Alliance High School graduating class who meet the eligibility requirements of the program are awarded full-tuition undergraduate awards to Mount Union that are renewable for up to four years.
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Success Tied to Education Transition Points

A generation of research has outlined and underscored the importance of key transition points in a student's academic career stretching from "cradle to career." Many of these transitions are also predictive of future academic success. The Stark Education Partnership will be paying close attention to these transition points as we continue to support our schools in securing the finest education possible for all students.

Early Childhood. The University of Chicago's Center for Early Childhood Research shows how higher order thinking skills and language, math and spatial abilities develop during the early childhood years.[1]

Kindergarten Ready. Research by the American Psychological Association finds that the strongest predictors of later achievement in school are entry level math, reading and attention skills.[2]

3rd Grade Reading. A research study, Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters, confirms earlier findings that "...children who do not read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers."[3]

8th Grade Math. Algebra has long been recognized as a "gateway course" to prepare students for higher level math and science courses and one of the strongest predictors for college success.[4]

9th Grade. "Students who end their ninth grade year on-track are almost four times more likely to graduate from high school than those who are off-track. A student is considered 'on-track' if she has enough credits to be promoted to tenth grade and had earned no more than one semester F in a core course."[5]  

High School Graduation. High school graduation remains a critical indicator of success, not only for individuals, but also for communities.[6]

College and Career Success. The Ohio Board of Regents has issued the call, "64 percent of jobs in Ohio will require a postsecondary credential - certificate, associate degree, bachelor's degree, or more - by 2025."[7] This clearly has ramifications for Stark County as well.
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The Stark Education Partnership - a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Stark County, Ohio -  is a catalyst, engaging and collaborating with education, business, civic and community stakeholders to drive sustainable improvement and innovation to provide all students with education and career success.  

Questions or comments? Email or call 330-452-0829. Visit our website at
Stark Education Partnership, 400 Market Avenue North - Suite B, Canton, OH 44702
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