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Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University were awarded almost $3.5 million from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation.

The funds will be used to create a scholars program connecting

high-achieving Tri-C students with CSU’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Honors College.

“These schools change the lives of students who, in turn, make an impact on the city, the region, the nation and the world,” Morton Mandel, chairman and CEO of the Mandel Foundation, said in a news release. “This grant is an investment in all of our futures.”

According to the news release, the program creates a seamless transition between the two-year and four-year schools geared toward honors students.

The program will provide students with full-tuition scholarships and stipends, summer research workshops, a peer mentoring network and academic advisors.

The first group of Mandel Scholars will transition between the schools this fall, according to the news release. Students must have at least a 3.5 grade-point average at Tri-C to be considered.

The goal is to transfer 25 students per year by 2020.

The program grant will be administered through the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation and the Cleveland State University Foundation with about $2 million going to CSU and $1.5 million to Tri-C, according to the news release.

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