1,800 CPS students surprised with full college scholarships
Photo: IL Governor JB Pritzker at Benito Juarez Community Academy HS
Tuesday the entire student body at Benito Juarez Community Academy High School and Al Raby High School (1,800 students in total) received a surprise visit from Hope Chicago and learned that they and their parents were receiving full, debt-free college scholarships at partner colleges and universities.
In total this week, Hope Chicago will offer 4,000 students in grades 9-12 and their parents (or guardians) the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education debt-free, a chance to change the economic trajectory of their lives that they have maybe dreamed. but assumed would be financially out of reach.
Today, more CPS students are graduating from high school than ever before – 90% of CPS 9th graders surveyed say they want to go to college, but only 63% enroll and only 27% graduate degree, according to a survey by Hope Chicago, a unique new scholarship program led by former CPS CEO Janice Jackson that, in a historic first, offers CPS students and college scholarships without debt from their parents.
“As a lifelong educator, I understand the barriers college students face when entering the higher education system. Many of them – financial, social, psychological and emotional – have been further exaggerated by the COVID-19 pandemic which is hampering student success,” said Dr. Janice Jackson, CEO of Hope Chicago. “Hope Chicago has a bold vision and an ambitious goal. With the help of the community, civic leaders and business leaders, we have the opportunity to redefine the landscape of education in our city.”
Established in September 2021, Hope Chicago is a unique new scholarship program whose mission is to employ a transformative, multi-generational scholarship model that seeks to redefine the education landscape in Chicago. Led by former Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Dr. Janice Jackson, Hope Chicago will raise and invest $1 billion in scholarships and other support over the next decade so that Chicago students and their parents attend college or trade school, creating pathways to the economy. success for several generations of Chicagoans.
“Education is the key to the bridge that can lead underserved communities to prosperity. I know firsthand that the impact of Hope Chicago will change this city for the better, especially for black and brown families who are often left behind by the education system,” said City of Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “By investing in Chicago’s students, parents, and their future, Hope Chicago is also investing in the future of our city’s social and economic outcomes, with a skilled, skilled, and educated workforce. And with Dr. Janice Jackson at the helm, the sky’s the limit for this important new venture.
Hope Scholars can use their fully-funded scholarships at any of Hope Chicago’s 20 partner colleges, universities, or other educational programs across the state of Illinois. Hope Chicago covers tuition and wrap-around services and support, including non-school costs like books, food, and housing, as well as mentoring and counseling beginning in high school. The Hope Chicago Scholarships aren’t just for high school students — they’re also for their parents or guardians, a one-of-a-kind, multi-generational approach to help lift entire families out of poverty.