When Julian Colbert begins his first semester at The Ohio State University in Columbus this fall, he will already have two associate degrees hanging on his wall.

A senior at Clearview High School, Colbert is earning an associate of arts degree and an associate of science degree in May from Lorain County Community College through LCCC’s College Credit Plus program. He will graduate from high school in June.

Julian Colbert poses in a hall at LCCC.
Julian Colbert

He will then embark on the next chapter of his education: earning a bachelor’s degree as a Morrill Scholar at Ohio State. Colbert was awarded the prestigious full scholarship based on his stellar academic record and diversity-based leadership. A stand-out athlete at Clearview High, Colbert served as team captain during his junior and senior years and was Division III state qualifier in wresting during his junior year.

“I’m honored and excited,” Colbert said about being awarded the scholarship. “I felt like applying was a long-shot, but I’m so glad I went for it.”

Colbert said he is well-prepared to attend Ohio State thanks to the degrees he will first earn at LCCC. Through the College Credit Plus program, Colbert was able to take college courses in his high school beginning his freshman year. By the time he reached senior year, he had completed all the course offerings in his high school and came to the LCCC campus full time.

“I strongly believe that College Credit Plus is the best opportunity for any high school student – especially in communities that struggling with poverty,” Colbert said. “I was able to take full advantage of the program and now I’m graduating high school with two associate degrees for free.”

While attending LCCC classes, Colbert stayed active with his high school, where he continued to compete in sports, is a member of the National Honor Society, and served as class president during his sophomore and junior years.

“At times it was hard to balance college and high school, but I’m proud that I’ve put in the work,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot at LCCC, and I’m ready to take that and apply myself to my program at OSU.”

Colbert is undecided on his major for a bachelor’s degree, but said he is considering programs in business or nutrition and fitness.