“The easiest way to change the world is by giving young people the chance to do so” – Unknown
Tuesday, the students at Benito Juarez in Pilsen were given a life-changing opportunity. A free ride to college. Courtesy of Hope Chicago, the scholarship will not only cover tuition but books and housing.
“Your college tuition, your room and board, books and fees will be paid for you, and you will go to college for free,” said Pete Kadens, Founder and Co-Chair of Hope Chicago
Hope Chicago, a non-profit that raises money for Chicago Public school graduates, has partnered with 20 colleges, universities, or other educational programs to provide the students with a full-ride scholarship. But they didn’t stop there. They are also providing a full-ride scholarship for one parent per household.
For many kids from low-income families, those born from immigrants, this is especially significant. They have now been given the opportunities their parents dreamed for them. For some, this may be the first time someone in their family will go to college. This news is particularly special to me as I will not only see my brother walk across the stage next year with a full-ride scholarship, but my mother, who had me at 16, will be able to attend college for the first time as well.
Juarez is just one stop on Hope’s list of schools to visit. According to abc7chicago.com, four other CPS schools will receive scholarships this week. A total of 4,000 students across Chicago will receive a debt-free education.