MANSFIELD, OH - The daughters of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and the granddaughters of his grandparents, Emily and Charles Brown, led a roundtable discussion Thursday, focusing on the obstacles students face when they are the first in their family to go to college.
The Richland County Foundation hosted the roundtable discussion in the Community Room at Mansfield Senior High School.
A fund was established in the early 2000's, the Emily and Charles Brown Scholarship Fund, and the focus of the fund is to send people to college as the first generation.
"So today we're talking about the barriers students have to overcome in order to go to college, how they stay in college and some of the other things besides financial issues they have to overcome, so they can stay in college and how do we help those students," says Maura Teynor, Richland County Foundation Chief Advancement Officer. "Some of the things they're talking about are what are the obstacles students have to overcome? If your parents are not college educated, if they're not well-versed on the process and how do you apply to college and where do you get scholarships? So, it's important they have an adult that is their key person, their mentor, that keeps their hands on the student to ensure that student actually goes to college."
As far as the Richland County Foundation is concerned, education is what their donors are very passionate about.
And, this year, the foundation will award about 400-thousand dollars in college and trade school scholarships, so education is important to the community, as well as this specific fund to get first-generation students to college.