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Community Outreach

Area School Partnerships & Community Foundation Scholarships

You study. We pay.

Easton has a close relationship with our local area schools, with continued support and involvement, including the Mifflin Schools, KIPP Journey Academy and Cristo Rey High School, through their student Work Study Program. In addition, Easton Community Foundation Scholarships and grants have been awarded to Northland, Mifflin, Ft Hayes, Gahanna Lincoln, Linden, Beechcroft, Brookhaven and East High Schools. Today we award annually in the spring two graduating students four of these schools. Each of the eight students selected receives a $2,500 renewable two-year scholarship. Since 2004, the Foundation has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships to partner schools, and 137 students have received the renewable scholarship.

Recipients are selected using criteria based on need, educational focus, character and academic potential. Applications are administered through each school guidance counselors and the Easton Community Foundation. Students interested in applying for the renewable scholarship can begin the process after the New Year. Each candidate must complete an application that includes a personal essay, transcript, student aid report and two recommendations. Students should contact their school guidance counselors in order to begin the process.

Central Ohio Leadership Academy (COLA)

COLA is a high-impact, six-day leadership development experience for rising high school juniors and seniors in Central Ohio. Each class is comprised of students representing urban, suburban and rural districts as well as public, private and charter schools. Ideal participants are students who have applied, or are applying, effective leadership skills in their schools or communities. COLA contributes to building a strong pipeline of effective community leaders by setting up our most promising young people for greater success after high school. During the intensive six-day COLA experience, students develop their leadership effectiveness by participating in professionally facilitated training sessions, interactive team challenges, and substantial discussions with peers and proven community leaders. For more information visit

Project REAP (the Real Estate Associate Program)

REAP was established in 1997. The twenty-week program is designed to give up-and-coming leaders - many already making a name for themselves in other fields - an opportunity to make an immediate impact in the development industry. It has the full support of all major trade organizations – BOMA, ICSC, NAIOP, NMHC and ULI. This national initiative was brought to Columbus after years of success in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, and most recently, Los Angeles. For more information visit


You need. We provide.

Since 2005, local area civic organizations, teachers, churches, and other area leaders have served as Easton Ambassadors to ensure a helpful, safe, enjoyable Easton experience for all who visit. These volunteers work evenings and weekends to help enforce the Code of Conduct and alert security to behavior that may be disruptive or discourteous to others. Please contact Kerri Ward,  Senior Director of Brand Communications and Community, at (614) 416-7000 for more information on any of the above Community Outreach Programs.

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