The Le'Charles V. Bentley '98 5th Grade Leadership Academy supports 35 future leaders from the Greater Cleveland Area who attend various Catholic, private and public grade schools.
The Academy focuses on language arts, mathematics, handwriting, typing and leadership development. Our goal is to provide each young scholar with 18 intensive academic Saturdays from October through February with emphasis on core values. Each student who successfully completes the program will transition to the sixth through eighth grade REACHing MAGIS Program components which include language arts, mathematics, Lego robotics, test preparation and an entrepreneurial program including website and mobile app design.
Ultimately, students who successfully complete both components will transition to Saint Ignatius High School or any other high school of their choice.
The Verneda Bentley Endowed Scholarship
The Verneda Bentley Endowed Scholarship Program was established by Le'Charles V. Bentley '98 in December 2006 to honor his mother, Verneda Bentley, for her encouragement of and commitment to his high school education. The endowment was created to provide substantial scholarships for select REACHing MAGIS graduates enrolling at Saint Ignatius High School. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students of exceptional promise to pursue academic and social opportunities available to them throughout high school. The Verneda Bentley Endowed Scholarship program is unique to the REACHing MAGIS program and Saint Ignatius High School and therefore cannot be transferred to any other high school.
Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to an African American or Hispanic American (Latino) student who resides in the City of Cleveland and attends a Catholic or public grade school. Each candidate must successfully complete the REACHing MAGIS program with full participation, attendance, exceptional progress reports, grades, leadership qualities and demonstrate financial assistance.
This scholarship is renewable each year as long as the selected student maintains a 2.5 GPA or higher and remains at Saint Ignatius High School.