National Organizations Help You

The College Board Asks…

Who are first-generation students?

First-generation students can come from families with low incomes or from middle- or higher-income families without a college-going tradition. Some have parents who support their plans for higher education; others are under family pressure to enter the workforce right after high school.

Often these students don’t know what their options are regarding higher education, and they may have fears about going to college and misconceptions about college and its costs. These students may come from families who speak languages other than English at home or from cultures outside the United States with different education systems.

Northeastern Ohio colleges, universities, support organizations and employers help you

Northeastern Ohio Colleges & University *Candidates (Identifying, Preparing, Recruiting, Admitting, Retaining and Graduating First Generation Students)
Northeastern Ohio Corporations and Employer *Candidates (Recruiting, Hiring and Promoting First Generation Families)
Northeastern Ohio Organizations, Offering Academic Preparation, Connections and Financial Support to First Generation Students

First-Generation Friendly Northeastern Ohio Colleges & University Candidates – Providing Academically Rigorous Educational Opportunities to First Generation Students in Science, Engineering, Math, Technology (STEM) and Business

Ashland University
Baldwin Wallace University
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland State University
Hiram College
John Caroll University
Kent State University
Lake Erie College
Northeast Ohio Medical University
Oberlin College
The College of Wooster
University of Akron

Northeastern Ohio Corporations and Employers Recruiting, Hiring and Promoting First Generation Families

Northeastern Ohio Organizations, Offering Academic Preparation, Connections, and Financial Support to First Generation Students

College Now of Greater Cleveland (approved)

College Now (formerly Cleveland Scholarship Programs) provides Greater Cleveland students with guidance and access to funds to prepare for and graduate from college. For more than 40 years, our goal has been to help students pursue educational opportunities that empower them to embark on rewarding careers and strengthen our community



Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE)(approved)

NOCHE offers a new website for students and employers to obtain internships.

NEOintern provides a free platform for employers in Northeast Ohio and college students everywhere.  With only a few minutes to create an account, employers gain immediate access to thousands of talented college students.  Employers also benefit from outreach by NOCHE, whose staff members promote internships and co-ops through email, social media and career fairs with colleges across the region—a network consisting of 226,000 students. College students have the ability to browse hundreds of new internship postings every month with the assurance that NOCHE staff members have reviewed and approved every posting.


Welcome to Minds Matter Cleveland

Minds Matter of Cleveland is a chapter of the national Minds Matter organization. Since its founding in New York City in 1991, the effectiveness of Minds Matter has been affirmed – 100 percent of its students have been accepted into a four-year college. The organization has expanded to 11 cities, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.

The Cleveland chapter established a strong organization since its founding in 2008. Our students made substantial improvements in their writing and critical thinking, math and SAT scores. Equally important is that 100 percent of our students gained admission to leading college summer programs. Operationally, the organization exceeded all of its goals by enrolling more students, recruiting more volunteers and raising more funds than initially planned.

Building upon this foundation of success, we expanded the organization. In September of 2013, we launched our sixth year of programming with 70 students and over 195 volunteers