Add Akron to a growing number of cities that are cutting this deal with students: Get good grades in high school, graduate and we’ll help you pay for college.
The Akron school board has agreed to trade an old high school building to the University of Akron in exchange for full-tuition scholarships for some Akron high school graduates.
In exchange for the former Central-Hower High School building, the university will provide $13.5 million in tuition scholarships to Akron graduates with good grades.
That should cover four years of tuition for about 340 students, at current tuition costs.
School district leaders say they hope to raise additional money to sustain the program after the original $13.5 million is spent.
Students applying for the scholarships must attend the University of Akron full-time and meet other requirements including:
- Having a 3.0 high school GPA and scoring a 27 on the ACT; or
- Ranking in the top 10% of their high school class and scoring a 26 on the ACT; or
- Having a 3.5 high school GPA and scoring a 24 on the ACT.