Being Smart about Getting Smarter

Being Smart about Getting Smarter

By Chasta Postler CMC’s The Perfect Small Office Regional Manager, Vice President of Activity for Blue Ash Business Association.

As the cost of tuition continues to rise and the number of people with student loan debt escalates, the importance of continuing your education beyond high school remains the same.  If there is a will there is a way, and can be as simple as finding financial aid opportunities in your own back yard.

Hard work does pay off especially when coupled with being a good person who’s active in the community.  The Blue Ash Business Association (BABA) is an example of an organization that recognizes and rewards those who fit the criteria for their College/Technical School Financial Assistance Program.  The scholarship is based on: financial need, high-school grades, standardized test scores, participation in extra-curricular activities, community service, and other factors listed on the application.  

This scholarship is available for graduating high school seniors in the Cincinnati area.  The senior must also qualify by being a Blue Ash resident attending any area high school,orthey may be a child of an owner or employee who is a current BABA member and resides outside the Blue Ash area (see list of current members on their website

The initial $2,000 scholarship can become a 4 year program as long as the participant continues to qualify.  Although it may not give you an entire free ride, it’s a possible $8,000 that you could have otherwise paid a hefty interest rate on…now that’s being smart about getting smarter.

The awarding recipient is honored with their check during BABA’s annual May Awards Luncheon, which is always the first Thursday in May, held at the Blue Ash Recreation Center in the Maple Shelter. 

This is just one of many financial aid opportunities that are being awarded to deserving Cincinnati area candidates.

If you know of other local Cincinnati area scholarships please post in the comments below, and let’s all work smart about getting Cincinnati smarter!

The deadline for the BABA scholarship is March 1st of each year.  Applications are available at local High Schools, the Blue Ash Business Association’s website or from any member of the Scholarship Committee:  Phyllis Bare, North Side Bank and Trust Co. (513) 936.8800;  Eric Bender, Eric D. Bender Co., L.P.A. (513) 891.5630;  Tom Gelwicks, Thomas Gelwicks Law Office (513) 421.6688;  Mary Goard, Hukill, Hazlett Harrington Insurance Agency, Inc. (513) 793.1190;  Iris Kelsen, Wilmington College (513) 793.1337;  Diana Queen, Diana’s Dance Wear (513) 792.0970; and Jim Roetenberger, Roetenberger Advisory Group of Raymond James (513) 762.5150.