Leah Houchens – St. Boniface Graduate

Leah Houchens is a CISE graduate that attended St. Boniface elementary school. She attend McAuley Catholic High school to follow in the foot steps of her older cousins. CISE was able to help her follow her dreams of attending McAuley by offering her a scholarship that lifted the financial burden from her family. After high school, Leah graduated from Cincinnati State in 2017 with a major in Biology and focus in Bioscience Technology. Today, Leah works at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as a research assistant in genetics and DNA and is working on furthering her education at Northern Kentucky University in Neuroscience. Her plans are to graduate from NKU and transfer to Cincinnati Children’s technology department to focus on results, data, and write reports for doctors.

“CISE taught me the values of hard work and how to succeed in a diverse environment. I am grateful for the privilege of having been a CISE student.”

Ashley Thompson – St. Francis Seraph Graduate

Ashley Thompson is a CISE graduate who attended St. Francis Seraph elementary school. Ashley received a CISE scholarship that allowed her to attend Roger Bacon High School and not be a financial burden to her family. After high school, she went to Cincinnati Christian University and majored in Early Childhood Education. Now, Ashley has been a preschool teacher for 10 years in Cincinnati and has used her education passion to travel to Kenya and Mexico on mission trips to teach English. Her goal is to one day teach English overseas in a third world country.

“CISE positively impacted my future. Attending a CISE school created a firm foundation for the rest of my life and contributed to my teaching success.”

Clifton Chapman – St. Francis de Sales Graduate

Clifton Chapman is a CISE graduated who attended St. Francis de Sales elementary school. The opportunities that CISE gave him allowed him to  continue his Catholic education by attending Purcell Marian High School. Clifton graduated from Wright State University majoring in Arts and then obtained his masters in Educational Leadership and Administration from Northcentral University. He is currently teaching middle school math and science for Dayton Public Schools and was named as one of the top 30 under 30 best educators in Cincinnati in 2018. Clifton’s dreams are to eventually teach at a university and continue teaching the values he learned attending St. Francis de Sales to other students. 

“CISE helped me be the best I could be and created a pathway for success. I felt prepared for the future.”