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The Higher Education Mentoring Initiative

Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI)

HEMI Mission

The Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI) provides Hamilton County foster youth a long-term academic mentoring relationship that begins in high school and is focused on awareness of, preparation for, and completion of post-secondary education and training.

HEMI is a partnership between Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners, Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services, the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Great Oaks Career Campuses, OhioMeansJobs and Mount St. Joseph University.

HEMI/Moira Weir Scholarship Fund

Post-secondary education is not seen as an attainable option for many teens in foster care.  However, in Hamilton County, foster youth are defying national odds in attending and graduating from post-secondary institutions across the country due to the vision and leadership of Moira Weir, Director of the Hamilton County Job and Family Services.  Ms. Weir believes that every young person should have the opportunity and support needed to achieve educational success to the fullest potential; in recognition of her leadership, the HEMI/Moira Weir Scholarship Fund was established by the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. U.S. Bank Foundation to provide scholarship support to foster youth enrolled in post-secondary education.  

The community at-large supported this effort when it was announced at our annual holiday celebration. Please click on the HEMI/Moira Weir link to view community stakeholders’ congratulations.

You can help these youth by contributing your tax deductible gift to the HEMI/Moira Weir Scholarship Fund at: and make your gift online.



Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Run for the Roses! We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our Friends of HEMI!


You Can Help!

The UC Foundation.

You can support our effort by donating to the HEMI Fund. Click here to donate now.

You will be taken to the UC Foundation page. Once on that page, and after you have chosen the donation amount, check the box next to "Choose an area for this gift to support." 

Under that, you will need to "search for a category/fund." Choose "CECH," and then you have three options for donations to HEMI:

1. HEMI Scholarship Fund

2. HEMI/Moira Weir Scholarship Fund

3. Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI) Fund

Thank you for your generosity!

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