What We Do
Evanston Scholars is a non-profit organization that:
•Improves college access and success for a diverse group of ambitious, underserved Evanston high school students.
•Starts with the admissions process and continues through college graduation.
•Offers mentors, workshops, campus visits, and ACT preparation to students lacking financial, academic, family and/or community resources.
Our Goal -- College Success
Our goal is to see more students start AND finish college. Through mentors, peer relationships, and learning opportunities, we seek to bolster our Scholars’ support system, thereby improving their chances of obtaining a college degree.
Navigating the college application process can be overwhelming for many high school students. And when students get to college, many hit roadblocks and veer off course. For many, the key to successfully completing college is benefiting from a support system. Unfortunately, too many students from our community lack resources and guidance.
That is why in 2011, we started Evanston Scholars.
And now, with passionate staff, dedicated mentors, individual donors from the community, grants, and numerous volunteers, we are successfully building our program. Our network is growing. Our Scholars are becoming more prepared for the future. Our community is benefiting.
College Persistence = Staying in School
98% of Evanston Scholars who started college are still enrolled (compared to a national average of 40% for their peers)
ACT Score Improvement = More Options
Evanston Scholars partnered with Academic Approach to provide ACT preparation to students, helping our high school juniors improve their ACT score by an average of 3 points
More Applications = Finding the Right Fit
Evanston Scholars submit an average of 10 applications per student (their peers average only 3)
Financial Health = Our Scholars’ Future
Over 70% of Scholars in the Class of 2013 and Class of 2014 earned full-tuition scholarships. 2014 Scholars received over $ 3 million dollars in scholarships; each Scholar averaged over $125,000 of "free money" for 4 years of college.