Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Proposed scholarship offers free year of college tuition to eighth grade students

A press release from Chicago State:
Illinois Rep. Mike Boland plans to unveil a proposal for free college tuition for eighth grade students at a news conference next Monday, March 23 at 1 p.m. at Chicago State University. The plan will offer scholarships to eighth grade students in exchange for a pledge from the students to avoid drug or alcohol abuse, have no arrest record with law enforcement, as well as remain suspension free for the rest of their high school careers. The scholarships will be equivalent in value to a year’s tuition at a community college, which could also be applied to a state university such as CSU, as well as any other public or private college or university in the state of Illinois.

Boland, who chairs the higher education committee, calls the grants “Challenge Scholarships.” His proposal is modeled after a similar concept in Indiana called the 21st Century Scholars Program, established in 1990, which has awarded in excess of 15,000 scholarships.
If you want to attend this press conference go to the third floor of the Cook Administration Building in the President's Gallery.

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