Chicago Scholars Onsite Admissions Forum

College Admission was privileged to attend the Onsite Admissions Forum and Luncheon today for Chicago Scholars. At the Forum on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, 525 under-resourced and first-generation students met with 80 selective colleges -- from Albion and Amherst  to Western Illinois University and Williams College. (See the full list of schools here.)These 80 colleges accept and read applications from the students who are Chicago Scholars well before traditional deadlines.  So at today's Forum, many of these colleges came ready -- after interviewing the applicants -- to make their offers of admission and award scholarships. Those colleges that did not offer decisions provide "early read" advice to the Scholars so they can improve their applications. This afternoon, almost 90% of the attendees received at least one offer of admission -- and a total of $11.4 million in scholarship monies.

The Chicago Scholars Foundation was founded in 1996 as a scholarship-granting organization by former Nuveen Investments chairman Tim Schwertfeger and his wife, Gail Waller. An innovative and ambitious five-year program that lasts from the senior year of high school through the senior year of college, Chicago Scholars provides mentorship, college admissions support, and access to summer internships and career programming for first-generation and under-resourced students.  Read more about this dynamic organization here. And visit our Facebook page for pictures from today's event.  There were smiles all around!

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