Superintendent's Housing Award Helps Cover College Expenses

February 18, 2020

Freshman University of Cincinnati student Daylan Dallas was happy to have a special gift card in his wallet as he started college life.

A 2019 graduate and valedictorian from Woodward Career Technical High School, Dallas found he was pulling out that gift card often — to pay for textbooks, memberships for computer software required for classes, school supplies and other essentials such as bedding for his UC-campus dorm room.

He received the $600 gift card from the Superintendent's Housing Award fund, which was established in 2017 by Cincinnati Public Schools' Superintendent Laura Mitchell to support CPS graduates as they move into college-campus life. Mitchell knows that college expenses add up to more than tuition, and scholarship funds often do not cover everything.

So far, a total of 16 students, from the Classes of 2018 and 2019, have received $600 Housing Awards.

Dallas, a biomedical engineering major, said the Housing Award gift card "covered it all, with some left over."

"It definitely came in handy. You don’t realize how much books cost until it starts adding  up," Dallas said. "Seniors should apply — some money is better than no money."

Superintendent’s Housing Award Details

  • Amount: $600 per student (one-time award in summer prior to starting college)  
  • Requirements: Must be accepted to any college or university, and plan to live in on-campus housing
  • Application available on CPS’ website
  • Deadline to apply: April 10, 2020 

Want to donate to the Superintendent’s Housing Award?

Send checks payable to "ABC Superintendent's Housing Award" and mail to: 

Superintendent's Housing Award
Cincinnati Public Schools
c/o Sarah Yeary
P.O. Box 5381
Cincinnati, OH 45201-5381