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The Provost Scholars Program is a partnership between Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and East Cleveland City Schools. The program was founded by Provost William “Bud” Baeslack and East Cleveland City School District Superintendent Ms. Myrna Corley, to improve the academic outcomes of East Cleveland (Ohio) middle and high school students.

The Scholars from Heritage View Middle School and Shaw High School were selected to expand their creative, critical thinking and problem solving skills and to participate in a variety of academic-related activities at CWRU. The Provost Scholars Program emphasizes improving interpersonal proficiencies, self-confidence and long-term career planning. Exploring additional ways of thinking about educational pathways and career options through mentoring and relationship building with CWRU faculty and staff is at the base of this novel program. 

Its terms is to engage volunteer CWRU faculty and staff in community building with young East Clevelanders through embracing education, and knowledge and skill set, as a central part of their future. To address these efforts, the Provost Scholars are on the CWRU campus twice each week, where they interact with their individual mentors, and participate in Intensive University Seminars.