26 Chicago high school students celebrate College Decision Day, .5M in scholarships

26 Chicago high school students celebrate College Decision Day, $11.5M in scholarships

CHICAGO (TOC) — A few of Chicago’s finest and brightest Black highschool college students gathered with their household, pals and mentors Sunday to have fun School Resolution Day. The 26 college students, with a collective $11.5 million in faculty scholarships, are all a part of a four-year fellowship known as Hyperlink Limitless Students, particularly designed to get them to, via and past faculty.

“We’re serving to to create pipelines for Blacks college students enter a piece area that they might by no means have seen anybody who seemed like them enter,” Kelly Hobson, with LINK Limitless Students. “The objective for LINK is each single scholar is aware of they’re going to graduate inside 4 years. They’re going to graduate with the least debt attainable, and they are going to be enrolled both in a graduate program or gainfully employed inside six months of commencement.”

These accepted into the LINK Limitless program should not essentially “A” college students, moderately, these chosen are those who present essentially the most potential for progress and who possibly want that additional little bit of assist to get them to meet it.

“Ever since I used to be slightly lady, Xavier has been my primary alternative, so it was like a no brainer after I was accepted,” mentioned Areyana Smith, who will likely be attending Xavier College of Louisiana. “They’re the primary faculty at producing essentially the most Black medical doctors.”

These are college students with huge goals, and because of their laborious work, their households and their mentors at LINK Limitless, most are going to high school on full rides — or practically so. It is a game-changer for a lot of who in any other case may not be ready to go to the school of their goals.

“My grandma, she labored so laborious for me. She did not come from one of the best neighborhood but she overcame the issues that got here with it and he or she supported me,” mentioned D’Jaquan King, from Morgan Park Academy and who will likely be going to the College of Wisconsin at Madison. “It undoubtedly pressures me to work more durable and simply do higher in class, and it labored out. I’ll faculty free.”

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