Hope Chicago surprises all high school students with a college scholarship

CHICAGO – Hundreds of high school students in Chicago experienced the surprise of a Tuesday when they learned they were offered a free trip to college.

Hope Chicago, a nonprofit that helps raise funds for Chicago Public Schools graduates, has announced that more than 1,700 students at the Benito Juarez Community Academy will benefit.

“Your college tuition, accommodation, books and fees will be paid, and you’ll be in college for free,” said Pete Kadens, founder and co-chair of Hope Chicago.

All high school students will receive a fully-funded scholarship at one of Hope Chicago’s 20 partner colleges, universities, or other educational programs across the state of Illinois.

This is the first in a series of surprises – four other CPS schools will also hear similar news this week. That means a total of 4,000 students will receive debt-free scholarships.

Hope Chicago was led by former CPS Janice Jackson, who was waving a giant check on stage and celebrating with scholarship recipients and their parents.

According to its website.

This funding round totals $40 million from private donations.

Anabel Limon-Torres, Benito Juarez senior, said: “We tried our best to save as much as we could when I was a kid. “But now it’s like we’re not worried at all. It’s been a really happy day for everyone.”

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