Army of Believers

Recently, Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) CEO Eric Gordon welcomed educators, civic leaders, corporate leaders, business owners, students and parents to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s 8th Annual Army of Believers Scholarship Luncheon held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. The City of Cleveland Chief of Education Monyka Price was the Mistress of Ceremonies for this special achievement celebration. 

Beginning with its inception in 2007, the Army of Believers Scholarship plays a significant role in both increasing and improving educational opportunities and choices for CMSD students. When school, community and business leaders gathered for this year’s annual scholarship luncheon, they did more than honor the ‘Five-Star Generals” among their growing list of donors, they celebrated the success of the scholarship event and the roles they played in inspiring a growing number of CMSD students to graduate and transition to college. 

In addition, the Army of Believers Scholarship Luncheon raises funds for students and provides an opportunity for CMSD to recognize supporters who have provided outstanding support in making significant differences in the lives of CMSD students. Recognized awardees at the event were the Five Star Generals; 2015 Scholarship Recipients; 2015 Eaton Scholarship; Community Service Scholarship and the Samuel G. Lucarelli Scholarship. 

This year’s keynote speaker was Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, U.S. Representative 11th Congressional District of Ohio and the Honorary Co-Chairs were Akram Boutros, MD, President and CEO, The MetroHealth System; and Mary T. Sylvester, President and CEO, GE Lighting. Also, Special Recognition Honorees, State Representative Ron Amstutz; Senator Peggy Lehner; Senator Nina Turner; and Senator Sandra R. Williams, who were instrumental in promoting and supporting Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools, known as The Cleveland Plan, were among the many attendees.

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