Academic Awards: Local Students Receive Tri-C Honors Program Fellowships

Eight students from Parma Observer communities have been selected for Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) Honors Program Fellowships, which offer high-achieving students scholarships to cover tuition, fees and books as they work toward an associate degree.

Scholarship recipients include Natalya Montemarano, Diana Puts, Zoryana Puts, Ashley Stec and Kathryn Yutzy of Parma; Megan Kiewel and Colin Long of Parma Heights; and Brianna Bretz of Seven Hills.

The students signed commitment letters with the College during an Aug. 7 ceremony at Tri-C’s Jerry Sue Thornton Center in Cleveland. Each scholarship — funded by donors to the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation — is valued at up to $5,160 per academic year.

The College’s sixth fellowship class features 40 students who graduated high school with at least a 3.5 GPA and outstanding ACT/SAT scores. By entering the scholarship program, they commit to being full-time students, maintaining a high GPA and earning a degree from Tri-C within two years.

These gifted students chose Tri-C to begin their college journey,” said Herbert Mausser, the College’s director of Honors and Scholars Programs. “I look forward to seeing them cross the commencement stage to collect their degrees in the spring of 2021.”

The honors fellowship places special emphasis on academic planning, mentoring and portfolio building to reflect student work. Smaller honors class sizes also ensure specialized attention for students.

The program is designed to support eventual transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s and other advanced degrees. Previous Honors Program Fellows amassed numerous academic honors on their way to earning associate degrees from the College.

For information on the Honors Program Fellowship and eligibility requirements, contact Mausser at 216-987-4660 or

John Horton

Media Relations Manager at Cuyahoga Community College

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:14 PM, 09.02.2019