- Associated Press - Monday, July 13, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Universities, nonprofits and businesses are among those sharing in about $6.8 million in state grants under a new student-mentorship program.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) created the Community Connectors program. It aims to give students access to role models by providing grants to help companies and organizations partner with area schools.

The Ohio Department of Education said Monday that 82 partnerships would be receiving the grants. Awardees include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and local chambers of commerce.

Education officials plan to review other applicants over the next month to award another $3.2 million.

The grant program provides $3 for every $1 provided by local partnerships for mentoring activities.

Lawmakers approved $20 million in the state budget to fund more projects over the next two years.




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