Ashtabula Area College Committee, Inc.
In 1957, a farsighted group of our community leaders came together to enable, promote and ensure local economic vitality. One of the important goals of the group was to obtain an accredited university program in the Ashtabula area. As an outgrowth of that meeting, the Ashtabula Area College Committee, Inc. (AACCI) was organized the following year.
In the Code of Regulations that governs the AACCI, it is spelled out that the purpose of the College Committee is "to provide liaison between Ashtabula Kent State University Center and the area which it serves, and to perform such other functions as are required to obtain a maximum quality educational opportunity in the community."
Since the inception of the AACCI 48 years ago, citizens of Ashtabula County from all walks of life have generously given their time and talents to serve the University and its students. Currently, fifteen (15) persons comprise the membership of the Committee. Since 1990, the AACCI has funded approximately $200,000 in scholarships, all the while administering an additional $400,000 in student financial support acquired from outside sources.
Each year the combined generosity of local families, companies and organizations allows students to attend Kent's Campus on the Lake; almost $150,000 is awarded annually to students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to study at our campus.
To honor the deserving students who receive academic scholarships, the College Committee sponsors and hosts a Scholarship Recipient and Patron Recognition Banquet each year. The banquet is intended not only to recognize the academic awards, but also to thank our generous patrons for their much-appreciated support.
The defined mission of the Ashtabula Area College Committee, Inc. is "to create an enhanced educational environment for the community, by enlisting broad based community support and involvement for the educational resources and opportunities provided by the Kent State University's Ashtabula Campus." A by-product of that mission is the presentation of the College Committee's Outstanding Community Service Award at graduation. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding contributions to education through leadership, vision, resources and commitment within the area served by the Ashtabula Campus of Kent State University, thereby enhancing the educational environment for the community and mirroring the goals of the College Committee.
It is the aim of the College Committee to continue working with Kent State Ashtabula to provide scholarships to students and to promote the growth of the campus in order to maintain a maximum quality educational opportunity in the community.