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UC Blue Ash Alum and Blue Ash Police Team Up for New Scholarship

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September 4, 2015 – A UC Blue Ash College alumnus is working with the Blue Ash Police Department and the Hazelwood Community Association to develop a new scholarship for UC Blue Ash students.

Michael Washington is the winner of the 1996 UC Blue Ash Distinguished Alumni Award and a native of Hazelwood, a historic Blue Ash community. He says the idea for the scholarship came about during a conversation with Blue Ash Police Chief, Paul Hartinger.

“Chief Hartinger reached out to me about ways his department could strengthen its community relations. Some of the local youth presented a proposal to help foster healthy relations between the community and the police department,” says Washington, who is a professor of History and director of the Afro-American Studies Program at Northern Kentucky University. “One aspect of the proposal was to create an Education Committee that would develop projects that build trust, while also providing educational opportunities. The scholarship became the first project for this committee.”

The Willa A. Washington/Hazelwood Community Association Community Justice Scholarship is named for Washington’s mother and the community association that she co-founded.

“We are putting more of a focus on really being engaged in the community we serve,” says Chief Hartinger.  “As soon as Michael proposed the idea I thought this was a great opportunity for our department to be involved.”

The scholarship will be available to all UC Blue Ash students. The plan is to provide two scholarships worth $500 each to deserving students every year, starting with the 2016-17 academic year.

The requirements for consideration are that the student maintains a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and they submit an essay about their definition of community justice. Other considerations will be financial need and whether the student has volunteered for community service.

“We provided more than $85,000 in scholarships this past year and we want to continue to grow the scholarship opportunities for our students,” said Cady Short-Thompson, dean of UC Blue Ash. “This is such an important way to help make sure a deserving student can continue to pursue their education and their goals.”

The Blue Ash Police Department and UC Foundation are accepting community donations to help support the new scholarship.  If you are interested in learning more, contact the police department at (513) 745-8555 or go to the UC Foundation website at www.ucblueash.edu/washingtonscholarship.

About UC Blue Ash College

UC Blue Ash College is a regional college within the University of Cincinnati. It offers one of the best values in higher education with access to a nationally recognized UC education in nearly 50 degrees and certificates, as well as tuition that is about half of most colleges and universities. The college is located on a scenic 135-acre wooded campus in the heart of Blue Ash, Ohio.

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