GCF and GE reignite Greater Cincinnati African American Scholarship Fund

March 9, 2022

GCF and GE announced the restart of the Greater Cincinnati African American Scholarship Fund (GCAASF) for high school seniors in the Greater Cincinnati area. Up to eight scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 will be awarded for the 2022-23 academic year and there are still a few days left to submit applications.

In 2002, GE Aviation’s African American Forum (AAF) partnered with businesses throughout Greater Cincinnati to form the GCAASF, administered by Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Between 2002 and 2014, the fund provided scholarships to more than 230 local students at 83 different universities.

In 2021, a team of GE employees came together to relaunch the program to provide scholarship opportunities and promote career development opportunities for diverse students in the Greater Cincinnati area.

“I’m thrilled to see the Greater Cincinnati African American Scholarship Fund reignited,” said Tony Mathis, President and CEO of GE Edison Works. “GE has a long history providing college scholarships and career opportunities to students of diverse backgrounds. We’re confident these scholarships will be a tremendous help to students as they pursue their college degrees.”

“Access to educational resources is critical to building a vibrant and equitable region. We are proud to be a partner with GE for the relaunch of this fund to provide these resources to students of diverse backgrounds,” said Phillip Lanham, Chief Philanthropy Officer of GCF.

Applications must be submitted via the online form by March 11, 2022.

Applicants must meet the following qualifications to be considered for these scholarships:

  • 2022 Greater Cincinnati-area high school graduate
  • Un-weighted cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Entering first year of study at a 2-5 year accredited institution
  • Enrolled in full-time curriculum
  • Pursuing associate’s or bachelor’s degree

Applications for the Greater Cincinnati African American Scholarship Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation are strictly confidential, and all information submitted will be regarded as such. The Scholarship Committee will analyze its contents thoroughly and award the scholarship based on the information supplied.

Questions about the scholarship process should be directed to GCAASF.info@ge.com.


About Greater Cincinnati Foundation
As the region’s leading community foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation connects people with purpose in an eight-county region in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. GCF is leading the charge toward a more vibrant and equitable region for everyone – now, and for generations to come.

About GE
GE (NYSE:GE) rises to the challenge of building a world that works. For more than 125 years, GE has invented the future of industry, and today the company’s dedicated team, leading technology, and global reach and capabilities help the world work more efficiently, reliably, and safely. GE’s people are diverse and dedicated, operating with the highest level of integrity and focus to fulfill GE’s mission and deliver for its customers.

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Felicity Tao
Senior Director, Marketing
Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Deb Silverman
Community Relations & Education Programs Manager
GE Aviation