Evanston Scholars in the News
Evanston Scholars Helps Underserved Kids Blaze a Trail Towards College Graduation
Evanston RoundTable, July 2019 -- By graduating from college, Angel Cardenas and Sarah Williams defied some dismal national statistics. They are among just 55% of all students who enroll in college to go on to graduate – and among only 23% of low-income students who finish.
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Evanston Scholars' Community Members Celebrate Graduations, Raise Funds to Support Future Scholars
Chicago Tribune, May 2018 --
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YWCA Evanston/North Shore Awards Scholar Salma Martinez-Tamayo
2018 Lorraine H. Morton Young Woman of Promise Education Award Winner.
YWCA Evanston/North Shore - Fall 2018 -- Each year the YWomen Leadership Board awards the Lorraine H. Morton Young Woman of Promise Education cash award to a college bound young woman with great academic potential yet is faced with limited financial resources. Candidates are identified to have leadership qualities such as: a desire to have a positive impact on the world; community engagement/activism; and curiosity and a desire for learning. Congratulations to Scholar Salma Martinez-Tamayo on winning this year's award. Read more here.
Community Foundation Awards Grants
Evanston Now, June 2019 -- The Evanston Community Foundation announced competitive and strategic grants totaling over $867,000 at its Grant Awards Celebration and Annual Meeting earlier this month. Evanston Scholars in collaboration with The Chessmen Club of the North Shore, is proud to be among its recipients,
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Preparing for College Success
Our Neighborhood News - Fall 2017 -- At Evanston Township High School, the Evanston Scholars program guides students as they begin their college journey. Working with juniors and seniors as they apply to and eventually attend universities, the program supports students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, and those who will be the first in their families to go to college. Read more on page 3 of the report.
Evanston Scholars - CBO Spotlight
The Journal of College Admission, Fall 2017 -- Evanston Scholars was featured in the "CBO (Community Based Organization) Spotlight" in NACAC's (National Association for College Admission Counseling) fall publication. "Each Scholar's path is unique," said Alison Segal, Director of College Access. "What sets Evanston Scholars apart is our high-touch and individualized approach. Between the mentor and the staff and the family -- we all collaborate to help the student." Read more on page 9 of the journal.
Evanston Scholars Succeed in College
ETHS District 202 Annual Report 2016 -- In August, the 7th - and largest - class of 37 ETHS juniors was chosen for the Evanston Scholars program that fosters college access and success for primarily first-generation college attendees, low-income, and students of color. Read more on page 8 of the report.
Evanston Scholars Benefit Raises More than $200,000
May 14, 2016 -- Keynote speaker Tyler Dixon, Evanston Scholar and rising junior at Hampton University, credited the program with helping her apply to 10 colleges and 15 different scholarships. She chose Hampton and was selected for admission to the prestigious Freddye T. Davy Honors College at the school. Read more at Evanston Now.
Northwestern University takes aim at Student Loan Debt
March 4, 2016 -- Northwestern University students who qualify for financial aid no longer will have to borrow to pay for their education, part of a plan announced Thursday to make the school more affordable and prevent students from being saddled with debilitating debt. Read more at the Chicago Tribune.
Evanston Scholars Program
Fall 2014 -- A special program is helping ETHS juniors and seniors transition to college. Starting in 2011, ETHS English teacher Steve Newman ’86 and many community (and alumni) supporters developed the Evanston Scholars program, a non-profit organization. Students are identified their junior year and are assigned a mentor (many are ETHS alums) who works with them through their graduation from college.
Evanston Scholars Support Transition to College
June 26, 2014 -- The 24 members of the Evanston Scholars class of 2014 convened for the last time as recent high school graduates on a sunny day at Northwestern University, where they attended a full-day College Transition workshop to develop the academic, financial, social and wellness know-how they will need to thrive on college campuses this fall. Most Scholars proudly wore their new school colors from colleges across the country.
EVANSTON SCHOLARS MEETS FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE - Evanston Community Foundation’s Partners for the Future Grant Pays Off
August 19, 2016 -- This summer, Evanston Scholars successfully completed the "Partners for the Future" challenge posed by the Evanston Community Foundation (ECF), receiving a $100,000 matching grant. In addition, the challenge inspired an anonymous donor to supplement the match by $50,000. The community quickly rallied to meet both challenges, completing both several months prior to the one-year deadline.
Evanston Scholars Mentors Help Low-Income Teens Thrive In College
December 22, 2014 -- Jonathan Martinez, 18, is a senior at Evanston Township High School who hopes to study business or engineering next year at college. He is still deciding whether he wants to stay close to home and attend Lake Forest College or travel further away and attend one of his top choices, Western Michigan University. But a year and a half ago, Martinez wasn’t sure he’d ever have the chance to make that decision. Read more at Make It Better.
Evanston Scholars’ Big Day: College Acceptances, Financial Aid Awards
October 30, 2014 -- "I came in shaking, but I left with a big smile." That's how one Evanston Scholar described perhaps the biggest day of her life so far.
October 30 was the Onsite Admissions Forum, where 650+ Chicago-area academically ambitious low-income students, many of whom will be the first in their families to attend college, interview with and are often accepted on the spot to colleges across the nation. Evanston Scholars sent 27 of their high school senior Scholars, along with their support team of mentors, board members, and Evanston Scholars' staff, to this year's event held at the Sheraton Towers in downtown Chicago. Read more at the Chicago Tribune.
Evanston Scholars Awarded Over $3 Million in Scholarships
May 21, 2014 -- May 1 was College Decision Day - the due date for high school seniors to decide on their intended college. Evanston Township High School seniors in the Evanston Scholars mentoring program had lots of choices, thanks to the hard work they put in submitting an average of 10 college applications each. Read more at the Evanston RoundTable.