The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation

Supporting Causes Important to Our Communities


The AK Steel Foundation consolidated with The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation on December 31, 2020. For more information visit the Cliffs website.


The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation Scholarship Programs

Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program

The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation awards competitive college scholarships to children of company employees through its Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program. This scholarship opportunity is administered by the Middletown, Ohio Community Foundation who independently selects each recipient based on their outstanding academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. This is one of the many ways we are investing in our future.

The deadline to apply for the 2021 scholarship is March 1, 2021.


Louie F. Cox Memorial African American Scholarship

The Louie F. Cox Scholarship benefits African American students who live or will graduate from a high school located in Butler or Warren Counties in Ohio. The $20,000 scholarship strives to recognize and reward outstanding high school academic and non-academic achievements, and to provide financial assistance to deserving scholars pursuing a bachelor’s degree on a full-time basis from an accredited U.S. state or private not-for-profit college or university. The award is administered by The Middletown, Ohio Community Foundation. No preference will be given to AK Steel employees or their children. Association with AK Steel or its subsidiaries is not a condition of eligibility.

Steel Magnolia Awards

In recognition of women who have overcome obstacles to make a difference in the lives of others, The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation underwrites the Steel Magnolia Awards. The awards honor women who have faced personal adversity and shown exceptional strength, courage, compassion and leadership in the communities in which AK Steel operates. The recipients are selected by an independent panel of judges and the award is managed by the Middletown, Ohio Community Foundation. Forty-four Steel Magnolia Awards have been presented to inspirational women since the program's inaugural year in 2009.


Matching Gift Program

The Foundation offers a generous Matching Gift Program to help employees increase the value of their charitable contributions each year. Numerous organizations benefit from the program, including universities, arts organizations and agencies providing health and human services.

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