Ohio Mayors Alliance Recognizes Toledo, Awards $30,000 Grant

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Ohio Mayors Alliance recognized Toledo with a $30,000 grant for its efforts to raise the completion rates in Toledo Public Schools and Washington Local Public Schools for the all-important financial aid document known as the FAFSA.

The Alliance is awarding more than $200,000 to seven cities, with Toledo included, that are supporting Ohio's Complete to Compete challenge. The program is designed to help meet the state’s goal that 65 percent of working-age Ohioans will have a two-year or four-year college degree, or a trade quality credential, by 2025.

Councilwoman Dr. Cecelia Adams and Bob Savage, Jr. accepted the check.

Ohio’s ability to attract and keep good jobs depends on having a highly qualified workforce. An estimated 2/3 of Ohio jobs in the near future will require education beyond high school.

The Mayors Alliance, in partnership with Learn to Earn Dayton, and with generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the AT&T Foundation, created the Mayors Education Advocacy Grant program to engage mayors and leverage their voice to help promote Ohio’s educational attainment goal.

“Virtually all students and their families need help paying for college today,” Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said. “Completing the FAFSA is a requirement for getting financial aid and makes college affordable. We have to let all young people know that they can realize their educational goals and dreams.”

About the Ohio Mayors Alliance:

The Ohio Mayors Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of mayors in Ohio’s largest cities. It has been working to strengthen the partnership between state and local leaders since its formation in 2016. For more information on the group’s policy priorities and its members, please visit: www.OhioMayorsAlliance.org.