I CAN Center of Excellence is a program developed to motivate students of all ages to stay in school, earn a diploma, and view higher education as necessary, desirable, and obtainable.

The I CAN Center of Excellence develops, implements, and promotes unique and impactful college access programs in a six county region of central and north central Ohio that includes: Delaware, Hardin, Marion, Morrow, Union, and Wyandot counties.

The program began in 1998 as a partnership between The Marion Rotary Club and The Ohio State University at Marion by providing services to the Marion City School system. Since its inception, hundreds of students have received last dollar grants and thousands have received guidance to help them make their way on to higher education.

The I CAN Center of Excellence message is simple, "Have dreams, go to school, work hard, and graduate. Then, all things are possible."


Through the I CAN Center of Excellence we hope to:

  • Increase the number of students who remain in high school

  • Increase the number of students who pursue education after high school

  • Support the school systems and collaborate with colleges

  • Improve the communities in the 6 county area with regard to economic, social and workforce development issues.