The Petros Family Student Relief Fund
will offer emergency aid and tuition assistance for students
enrolled in academic and workforce training programs at Tri-C.
It will fill a gap by providing support to students who do not
qualify for federal funding.
The program begins with the upcoming summer session. The fund
will be managed by the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation.
“It’s easy for one lost paycheck or sudden expense to interrupt
someone’s education and become a barrier,” Sam Petros
said. “When we learned how Tri-C students were struggling during
the pandemic, we wanted to do something that would have
immediate impact. We believe in helping people who are trying to
“Even the most resilient and determined individual needs help at
times,” added Anne-Marie Petros. “Investing in each other
is the foundation of a strong community. It is our privilege to
help Tri-C students achieve and show them the community believes
in their potential.”
The family’s generous investment greatly expands Tri-C’s ability
to help struggling students. One focus of the Petros Family
Student Relief Fund will involve helping low-income women with
children, a population disproportionally affected by the
Keeping students on track to graduate is critical to economic
growth in Northeast Ohio. Skills built in Tri-C classrooms are
essential to keeping the region competitive in an ever-changing
Thousands of students have reached out to the College for
resources as they continue their academic progress while dealing
with the realities of the COVID-19 situation.
“We are fortunate to have community leaders like Anne-Marie and
Sam Petros,” Tri-C President Alex Johnson said. “Through
their caring support, Tri-C students will be able to focus on
their studies as they overcome current challenges and build
toward a better future.”
Sam Petros established Petros Homes in 1985 and embarked
on a career building and creating safe communities across
Northeast Ohio. He is chief executive officer of Petros Homes
and president and sole shareholder of Petros Development Group.
He and Anne-Marie live in Hinckley with their four children.