In addition to joining the club and coming to events there are many ways to become involved with the club.

Interview Applicants: Join the splendid group of volunteers who interview prospective Harvard students. Whether you have time for one or many interviews, your assistance is welcome. Plus, parents, it’s a great way to get an inside look at what applying for college looks like in 2019!

Greater Cleveland Area: Connie Lopez ’88,
Akron Area: Drew Engles, MD ’87, or Jeremy Halford, MBA ’00,

Youngstown/Warren Area: Jason Rock,

Share the Comradery: Attend an event and bring a friend. Encourage your nonmember Harvard colleagues to join the club.

Lend a Hand at an Event: There is always a need for someone to greet members as they arrive and check people in. It’s a great way to connect names with faces and meet additional members.

Stay in Touch: Please keep your contact info up to date.

Join the Board: We have a great core group that would welcome fresh ideas and more support.

Host an Event: The local Harvard community is full of talented people involved in a wide range of activities. If you have a suggestion for an event, please let us know! Some of our most popular programs have come to us this way.

Contact Club President Mary Ann Lasch for any of the above at


Harvard Book Prize:

This year is the 106th anniversary of the Harvard Book Prize, given by Harvard alumni worldwide to outstanding high school juniors.  Thousands of Book Prizes are awarded annually, and HCNEO carries on this tradition throughout Northeast Ohio.  Our Club gives nearly 40 books each year, including schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and several Cleveland suburbs.  Our awards recognize the students' achievements and it motivates them to strive for college and to complete the college applications.  Please consider a donation of $30 with your membership to continue this important effort.  We greatly appreciate it.  For more information, contact Charlie Braun at cbraun@customrubbercorp.comClick HERE to donate to the book prize.

Young Alumni: If you’re a recent graduate, or simply young at heart, and would like to get involved in the HCNO, this is the place for you. This group will organize social and community service event events for people who have graduated in the last 10 years. Join us for our first event on October 8th.
Contact: Akshay Sharma

Scholarship Essay Contest:

Now starting its 8th year, the HCNEO Scholarship Essay Contest allows for three $500 scholarship to be given to students who are high school seniors during 2018-19, who were recipients of the Harvard Book Prize in their junior year.  These seniors will start college in the Fall of 2019.  To many $500 may not seem like much, but to these young people it can be the difference in going to college or not going at all.  We appreciate your generous giving and we ask that you send in your donation of $25 or more when you send in your dues.  For more information, contact Audrey Petsche Sims at or (216) 374-5282.

Cleveland Goes 2 College (CG2C), founded eight years ago in our Harvard Club, makes one-hour early college awareness presentations in Cleveland public schools every school year. We now comprise 75+ volunteers from 15+ local college alumni clubs, and we visit 12 schools every year--six K-8 and six high schools. Cleveland public school students are greatly disadvantaged by going to school in the nation’s poorest big city, where property taxes bring in way too little money but make up almost 60% of the district’s budget. Suburban schools spend much more per student. Partly as a result, only a small percentage of Cleveland Municipal School District’s 9th graders each year ever graduate from college. But in one hour, we tell them what they need to do to get into college and how to get scholarships to pay for it. Typically at the end of a CG2C program, three quarters of students say they are planning to go to college. That’s great! However, because there are over 100 Cleveland schools and CG2C currently visits only 12, we need more volunteers to help reach all the kids! Click HERE to donate.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact John Miller ’68 at or (216) 321-5018.

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