CSU announces new program offering scholarships to local students

MIAMI VALLEY — Central State University has announced a new program that will give graduating seniors from four local high schools the opportunity to get a free year of college education.

News Center 7′s Molly Koweek spoke with enrollment leaders at the school today who said this is an opportunity for students from the Miami Valley to go to college and stay connected with their communities.

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Under the DTXS Public School Scholarship Initiative, Dayton, Trotwood-Madison, Xenia and Springfield students will have the ability to receive up to $5,000 scholarship, enough to cover their freshman year at Central State University.

Patrick Smith, Springfield High School’s lead principal, is excited about this opportunity for his students.

“I think it aligns Central State and our commitment to this local area and making sure that you know the greater Dayton region has a prosperous future,” Smith said.

The school’s enrollment management leaders told News Center 7 the incoming students will need to have graduated between March 2020 and this spring and have at least a 2.2 GPA.

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“We want the students of the area to know that college is something that they can attain, that they can get a degree, it can change their life,” said Brandon Davis, CSU director of admissions and enrollment management.

After their freshman year, the opportunity still exists.

The students will be able to apply for internal scholarships to help cover the cost of their education moving forward all while staying close to home.

“We are excited to work with these high schools to help their students, not only choose central state university, but to be uniquely positioned to enroll and thrive here on our campus,” said Dr. Jack Thomas, CSU president.

Eligible students also will need to live on campus.