THE OHIO Valley African American Student Association has a worthwhile mission statement. That being to, "advocate and promote educational achievement, higher learning and scholarship opportunities for the African American students in the Ohio Valley."
The OVAASA is making notable strides in doing just that. Yet, the organization is striving to do more.
Since its inception in 2010, the OVAASA has been committed to honoring achievement by and providing opportunities for African American students in Belmont County in Ohio along with Ohio, Hancock, Brooke and Marshall counties in West Virginia.
Last year, the OVAASA honored 104 students from 10 area high schools during its annual academic awards banquet with nearly 50 students being recognized for achieving a GPA of 3.0 and higher.
Moreover, nine of those students were recipients of college scholarships.
Such worthwhile academic achievement should be commended. The OVAASA's efforts to promote and spotlight such success stories should also receive praise.
To its credit, the OVAASA is not resting on its laurels. Rather, the group is looking to raise the bar. The OVAASA is taking aim at exposing its students to world-wide experiences.
That being the case, the organization is hoping to raise funds to pay for a trip for high school students to travel to Atlanta, Ga. to tour and experience the Atlanta University Center (AUC). The AUC is a grouping some of the country's most storied historically black colleges like Morehouse College, Spellman College, Morris Brown College, Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Institute and the Morehouse School of Medicine.
Such an excursion would provide a learning experience that cannot be replicated in a traditional classroom setting. It is one that we hope comes to fruition.
With such out-of-the box thinking, the OVAASA is making good on its mission statement.