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Alumni and Emerging Leaders Association

College Now has awarded $76 million in scholarships to tens of thousands of Northeast Ohio residents since our inception. After achieving their postsecondary goals, our alumni embark on futures and careers that are both personally meaningful and economically beneficial, many here in our community. Among dozens of other professions, College Now alumni are accountants, CEOs, doctors, educators, elected officials, entrepreneurs, journalists, lawyers, non-profit leaders and social workers.

To support and engage our alumni, as well as develop a strong group of young professionals who will champion our mission and our organization, College Now created both an Emerging Leaders Association (ELA) and an Alumni Association in 2016. The associations work together, facilitating educational, networking and professional growth opportunities that always underscore the importance of postsecondary educational attainment and the impact of College Now’s work.

The ELA holds quarterly meetings, and together with the Alumni Association, collaborates to recruit mentors to join College Now’s mentoring program, hosts happy hours with other young professional groups and holds events to celebrate and engage new alumni.

Interested in joining the Emerging Leaders Association? Please contact [email protected] or complete the application below.

Emerging Leaders Association Application

Upcoming ELA Events:

-Thursday, February 24, 6 pm – 8 pm: Books & Brews with Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank
Join Cleveland Kid’s Book Bank’s YP group to network while sorting through donated books. Food and drinks will be provided.
RSVP to Amy.

-Tuesday, March 29, 5 pm – 8 pm: Volunteering at the Cleveland Food Bank
Learn about and participate in all the behind-the-scenes efforts that go into preparing packages for families.
RSVP to Julie.

-Thursday, April 14, 11:30 am – 1 pm: Etiquette Luncheon with Say Yes Scholars
In partnership with ELA’s own member, De’Antae Ware, this is a great mid-day opportunity to share professional advice and interview skills with current Tri-C students.
RSVP to Timmaira.

-Thursday, April 28, 4 pm: Bags & Bourbon
College Now’s biannual fundraiser, formerly known as Bag Lady, is back! A limited number of discounted tickets are available to ELA members.
Contact Kittie.

-May, TBD: New Grad Happy Hour at Masthead
Help us celebrate any and all new scholarship graduates with a happy hour in downtown Cleveland!

-June, TBD: Alumni Celebration and Shuffleboard Tournament
Our annual alumni event is back! Join mentors and mentees in a friendly competition of shuffleboard.