Cleveland Scholarship Programs was established in 1966 by Robert Coplan, one of the founders of the Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan, and Aronoff law firm. Since then, it has grown into one of the nation’s leading college access program. They have received national recognition and are recognized as being one of the first organizations of its type, and a precursor to other similar organizations located in Baltimore, Boston, Columbus, Miami, Santa Barbara, Washington, D.C. and numerous other cities.
CSP helps families and children by providing access to postsecondary education. Since they began 43 years ago, CSP has helped more than 200,000 students go through the college and financial aid application process and has awarded more than $42 million in scholarships. CSP provides college access services to Cuyahoga County residents interested in enrolling in four-year universities, community colleges and vocational and technical programs. Our programs offer:
Academic planning for higher education Financial aid advising and resources Scholarships College advising and resources Career advising and opportunities Encouragement
CSP serves students from kindergarten through high school in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties, and adult learners who want to return to college in 11 Northeast Ohio Counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, and Trumbull.
Last year, CSP assisted 23,602 students through our advisory services in high schools and at our Resource Center in downtown Cleveland and through our Early Awareness, Educational Talent Search, GEAR UP and Learn-to-Work programs.
The scholarships average $1,300 per student and are renewable for four years, if the students continue to meet specified requirements. During fiscal year 2007-2008, CSP paid a total $2,865,715 in scholarships to more than 2,000 individuals. This represents a 6 percent increase in the number of students awarded scholarships from the previous academic year. For every scholarship dollar awarded, CSP advisors help students and adults find an additional $13 in student aid. Last year that amounted to an additional $37 million in aid.
CSP also administers scholarships for companies and organizations for a fee. For fiscal year 2007-2008, CSP administered $584,833 for over twenty scholarship programs.