My Town: Paid College Tuition Possible for Akron Public School Students

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AKRON — The University of Akron hopes to launch a new scholarship program that would provide fully paid tuition for hardworking Akron Public School Students.

However, the launch of this “Generation Scholarship” program is dependant on the approval of HB 381, sponsored by Rep. Lynn Slaby of Ohio’s 41st District.

HB 381 creates a partnership between public schools and state universities in which decommissioned public school buildings would be offered first to state universities in exchange for in-kind services to advance public education.

University of Akron President Luis Proenza and Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James went to Columbus Wednesday to help convince legislators of this new concept.

If the bill is passed and the scholarship is launched, it would be the first of its kind.