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Coalition for the Homeless awards college scholarships

Mon, Jul 14, 2014

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) presented renewable $2,000 college scholarships June 26 to five Chicago Public School students who succeeded in high school while homeless. The awards event was at Loyola University Law School.

    The 2014 winners are:

Mahalia graduated
 with a weighted grade
point average (GPA)
of 4.0 from Kelly 
High School. She was
active in the school
choir, Mikva Challenge, Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, Alliance for Educational Justice, and the South- West Organizing Project (SWOP). Mahalia plans to major in health ad- ministration at Texas Southern University in Houston, from which she also won scholarship assistance.

Joseph was 4th in
his class at Engle-
wood’s Harper High
School, with a 3.62
weighted GPA. Active in the school
leadership program EMBARC, Joseph was a featured speaker at Chicago Ideas Week last fall, and he interns with the program this summer. He plans to major in business and cultural speech at Western Illinois University.

Kristen was involved in many extracurricular activities at Percy Julian High School. Through a work-study internship at the Northern Trust, Kristen decided to study to become a certified public accountant. With a weighted GPA of 3.5, Kristen also won college aid to attend Benedict College, a historically black liberal arts college in Columbia, S.C.

Judge was active
throughout high
school on the Chicago Knights robot
ics team, after spending his middle school
 years on the First LEGO League robotics team. Judge plans to study computer engineering at the University of Illinois-Chicago. At Lincoln Park High School, Judge earned a weighted GPA of 4.0.

Joseph earned a
3.2 weighted GPA
at Amundsen High
School. He competed
on the football and
swim teams, and was
involved in the art and film clubs, Junior ROTC, and Mercy for Animals. With further help from a university scholarship, Joseph plans to major in health sciences at DePaul University.

CCH also honored its two 2014 college graduates:

NASIA SMITH first worked with CCH as a client of the youth attorney while in high school.
Going to college
over five years while
working almost full-
time in retail to sup-
port herself and her
son, now 6, Nasia earned a bachelor’s in business from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She was selected four times to attend and/or be a youth panelist at the Clinton Global Initiative’s national youth conference. Nasia and her son live in Dallas, where she manages an Ann Taylor Loft store.

 3.4 GPA as he studied for his bachelor’s 
in education, with a 
minor in sociology/
anthropology, from Knox College. Sean will begin, teaching English and language arts this fall at Foundations College Prep high school in the Roseland neighborhood.

The scholarship program is funded by private donors and by grants from the Osa Foundation, Sisters of Charity, BVM and the North-Shore based Student Alliance for Homeless Youth.

As the program enters its 11th year, CCH will have awarded more than $180,000 in scholarships to 44 CPS graduates. Through this 2013-14 school year, 45 percent of scholarship students earned a bachelor’s degree or are continuing through college.

Suzanne Hanney
From Prepared Materials


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