District 209 Students Represent Schools as Infinite Scholars
October 9, 2014 03:35 PM
Eighty-five students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy attended the Chicago Annual Fall Scholarship Fair on September 26 at Frederick Douglass Academy High School in Chicago, with several obtaining acceptance to many of the colleges.
The scholarship fair, sponsored by Infinite Scholars Program, Inc., featured more than 50 colleges and universities, ranging from regional schools such as Ferris State University and the University of Northern Iowa to historical black colleges and universities such as Jackson State University in Mississippi and Stillman College in Alabama.
To qualify to attend the scholarship fair, a high school student needed to have at least a 3.0 grade point average, their ACT score, a resume, two letters of recommendation, and a 250-word essay explaining why a higher education is important to them.
Ms. Antoinette Rayburn, District 209 department chair of guidance, said that the event was successful and productive for the students from District 209 who attended.
"The scholarship fair served as an opportunity for students to consult with college admissions and financial aid representatives," Ms. Rayburn said. "It gave students exposure to what scholarships are available to them, as well as the opportunity to apply to additional colleges and universities that offer and have financial aid awards available."
Students who attended the fair said that they wanted to explore what colleges they might attend.
Nichole Stokes, a senior at Proviso East, said that she wants to major in veterinary medicine in college. She said that she was interested in learning more about schools including North Carolina A&T University, the University of Illinois at Springfield, and Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.
"I am hoping to get enough money for what I want to do in college," she said. "I just want to have fun in college and get that higher education without worrying about debt afterward."
Jamal Walker, a senior at Proviso West, said that he wants to study business administration and business management in college.
"It’s great to see colleges interested in us," he said. "It’s great to apply for scholarships and colleges."
Carlos Ruiz, a junior at PMSA, said that he has aspirations of studying bioengineering and entrepreneurship at the U.S. Naval Academy. At the same time, though, he said that he is keeping his options open.
"Three really great colleges came up to me and said that they want to stay in contact with me," said Carlos, who added that he hopes to use his education to start a non-profit group in his chosen fields.
The following students met the requirements for the Infinite Scholars Program and attended the Chicago Annual Fall Scholarship Fair:
Proviso East High School:
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy:
Proviso West High School: