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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.



Join us for our

8th Annual Fundraising Event to Support HEMI!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

4:30pm - 7:30pm

Metropolitan Club, Covington, KY

All proceeds go directly to the HEMI Scholarship Fund, helping a young person currently or formerly in care pursue post-secondary education. All Friends of HEMI and the general public are encouraged to attend the Derby fundraiser, and may purchase their tickets using this link for General Admission & Sponsorship.

Are you unable to attend, but still want to show your support? Make a gift online.



You Can Help!

You can support our effor by donating to the HEMI Fund.

The UC Foundation.



1. HEMI Scholarship Fund - Donate HERE

2. HEMI/Moira Weir Scholarship Fund - Donate HERE

3. Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI) Fund - Donate HERE

Thank you for your generosity!



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