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!

Greater Cleveland Area: Lora Levin '90,
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 Connie Lopez for any of the above at


Harvard Book Prize:

This year is the 109th 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.

Scholarship Essay Contest:

Now starting its 12th year, the HCNEO Scholarship Essay Contest offers four $1,000 scholarships to students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District who will be seniors this fall.  Last year's winners will be attending college in the fall of 2022.  To many, $1,000 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 $30 or more when you send in your dues. For more information, contact Audrey Petsche Sims at or (216) 374-5282.

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