More than 100 students and their families learned more about what different colleges can offer them at the First Annual Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy College Fair on April 3 at PMSA.
Forty-seven colleges and universities were represented at the fair, presenting information about their respective programs and the majors that students could one day study. The students, including 96 from PMSA, and their parents also were able to ask questions regarding financial aid from representatives from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
"The college fair was a great success," said Ms. Amy Paulus, a PMSA guidance counselor. "We received a lot of positive feedback from our students and the college representatives that were here. We are looking forward to expanding the college fair next year and opening it up to more students and families in the community."
Colleges and universities that had representatives at the fair ranged from local schools such as DePaul University, Loyola University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago to Yale University, the University of Missouri, and Columbia University.
Those in attendance also were able to become more familiar with financial aid resources and various educational resources that are available. Last year, nearly $20 million in grants and scholarships were awarded to the Class of 2013 at District 209, including $9.24 million to PMSA students. This year, the Class of 2014 at PMSA has been awarded $10.5 million thus far, Ms. Paulus said.
Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that the college fair was an excellent learning opportunity for students.
"Our first college fair was a great success because students and their families were able to learn more about the opportunities that are available to them after high school," she said. "Combined with the financial rewards that they have been awarded so far this school year, our students continue to show that they are leaders in the classroom and beyond."