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5 More Universities To Offer Scholarships For City Colleges Grads

By Heather Cherone | September 19, 2017 3:36pm | Updated on September 21, 2017 11:58am
 Northeastern Illinois University and North Park University have joined a growing list of higher education institutions that have committed to helping Chicago Public Schools and City College graduates earn affordable four-year degrees.
Northeastern Illinois University and North Park University have joined a growing list of higher education institutions that have committed to helping Chicago Public Schools and City College graduates earn affordable four-year degrees.
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THE LOOP — Five more colleges will offer scholarships to City Colleges of Chicago graduates who transfer to a four-year degree, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office announced Tuesday.

St. Xavier University in Mount Greenwood, Kendall College, Marquette University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Illinois State University will join 15 other universities — including DePaul, Northwestern, Loyola and the University of Illinois at Chicago — in offering scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 per year to graduates of the City Colleges.

"In the city of Chicago, high school graduation is no longer the last stop on a student's educational journey and the Star Scholarship removes the burden of cost to receiving a degree," Emanuel said.

As part of the Chicago Star Scholarship program, which offers free City Colleges tuition to CPS grads who maintain a "B" average, students who earn their associate's degree can apply for scholarships to attend one of 20 area institutions of higher learning to earn their bachelor's degree, officials said.

Loyola University has offered $425,000 worth of scholarships to Star Scholars — as the city calls the students — the largest amount from one college. The University of Illinois at Chicago has accepted 122 Star Scholars so far, the most of any college, officials said.

St. Xavier University will offer $1,000 to Star Scholars, officials said.

Kendall College will offer Star Scholars tuition discounts between 15 percent 20 percent and additional scholarships ranging from $480-$1,450 per quarter, depending on the student's course of study, officials said.

Marquette University in Milwaukee will offer a $3,000 scholarship each year for one Star Scholar from each City Colleges campus, officials said.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale will offer up to 20 Star Scholar graduates with at least a 3.5 grade-point average $2,500 annual scholarship for two years, officials said.

All students who graduate from a public Chicago high schools are automatically admitted to the City Colleges, officials said.

In recent months, Emanuel has frequently touted the Star Scholarship program as a way for undocumented immigrants to attend college. The mayor has vowed to protect undocumented immigrants in Chicago, whom President Donald Trump has vowed to deport.