Scott High School seniors - and their parents and guardians - got a wonderful surprise the morning of Wednesday, January 29, when Pete Kadens, an Ottawa Hills native who now lives in Chicago, pledged to pay for their room and board, tuition and all fees for either college or a trade school.
Mr. Kadens, the retired CEO of Green Thumb, a national cannabis company, also made the same pledge for one parent or legal guardian of each student. For more information, visit Hope-Toledo.org
The offer covers any accredited Ohio public college, university or trade school, as well as Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti and Lourdes University in Sylvania. For the parent guardian, the offer is extended to any accredited public school, university or trade school within 45 miles of Scott, as well as Eastern Michigan and Lourdes.
In order to qualify, students must:
- have been enrolled at Scott High School on Jan. 6 and must graduate before Aug. 15
- complete federal student aid forms in a timely manner; staff members at Toledo Public Schools, Scott High School and H.O.P.E. Toledo, will be available to assist with completing the forms
- write by June 15 a one to two-page essay detailing: their favorite class and why; their least favorite class and why; ways they can improve their performance in the upcoming school year; their biggest regret of the previous school year; and three primary goals for the upcoming school year
To be eligible for themselves, parents and guardians must:
- have a student who was enrolled at Scott on Jan. 6 and graduates from Scott before Aug. 15
- provide paperwork to prove their relationship with the child
- complete federal student aid forms in a timely manner; they can also receive help with completing the forms
While they were still absorbing the news, the Scott families learned the nation would learn about their story. On the evening of Friday, January 31, the story was featured on the CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell by Toledo native Steve Hartman for the weekly On The Road segment. Watch it here: Toledo students and their parents surprised with free college tuition
A ceremony was held recently at Bowsher High School to acknowledge that the school has ben selected by the Ohio Department of Education as a 2020 Purple Star designee.
The school is the first urban school in the state to receive the honor.
The education department started the Purple Star program four years ago as a way to honor schools' commitment to providing additional services for military-connected students and families.
Robyn Hage, Bowsher's assistant choir director and the staff member responsible for military programming, told The Blade the school honors both students enlisted in the Army as well as staff members who have served in the armed forces, with programming such as a special annual breakfast.
She said the school also has a committee that provides support services for students in military families, "because it’s very cumbersome to come into a building where you don’t know anybody or you are unsure about the classes that you need to take because you move multiple times a school year."
Toledo Public Schools is implementing the following procedures for the 2019 basketball season. These changes are being made with the safety and security of our students, staff members, families and spectators in mind: Entry procedures for basketball games
If you are a student at a TPS school other than the two schools competing, you must present the following form to an administrator at the gate: Athletic entrance form
The students and staff members of Bowsher High School are dedicated to showing support for military families. Take a look: