|Sept. 17, 2003||
Press Contact: William Harms|
University of Chicago announces the first five Chicago Public School scholarship recipients
The first five recipients of the University of Chicago/Chicago Public Schools Scholarship Program have been selected. Each will receive full, four-year tuition scholarships to the University of Chicago. The students were selected on the basis of academic talent, extra-curricular accomplishments and other factors. They will begin their studies this fall in the College, the University’s undergraduate division. The students will be introduced to the University community at a ceremony Wednesday, September 17, at 4 p.m. in the third floor lecture hall of Swift Hall, 1025 E. 58th St., on the University campus.
The new scholarship program will eventually enroll a total of 20 Chicago Public Schools students at the University. It was launched earlier this year through a gift of the Crown family of Chicago to recognize outstanding students who attend public schools in the city. The University is now seeking applicants for a new set of scholarship recipients from students currently enrolled as seniors in the Chicago Public Schools. The scholarships are renewable for four years and provide full tuition for each year of a student’s enrollment in the College. Current annual tuition in the College is $27,324.
“The scholarship program with the University of Chicago is an outstanding opportunity for student success,” said CPS Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan. “I appreciate the generosity of the Crown family and the University of Chicago for their vision and commitment.”
“The education students receive at the University of Chicago is justly famous,” said University of Chicago President Don Michael Randel. “Unfortunately, it is not available to all those who wish to take advantage of it, or even to all those who are intellectually prepared to do so. But through this new scholarship program and the Crown family’s generosity, many more Chicago public school students will be able to experience the University’s curriculum and teaching first hand. I know they will benefit greatly, and that the University will benefit greatly from their presence here.”
In addition to the University of Chicago/Chicago Public Schools Scholarship Program, the University also launched the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars program this year, with a summer program that brought 78 Chicago Public Schools students to campus to take classes from distinguished faculty members. Those students, who are now high school sophomores, will continue their work on campus throughout the coming academic year as they take part in both academic and cultural activities. The University is accepting applications for the Summer 2004 University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program from students who are freshmen this year in the Chicago Public Schools.
The five winners are:
The University of Chicago/Chicago Public Schools Scholarship Program and the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program expand an already strong array of programs that link the University and the Chicago Public Schools. In some of these programs, University faculty work with Chicago public school students and their teachers to provide additional learning opportunities. The University operates a Charter School in North Kenwood-Oakland, and it provides extensive technology support to 29 local schools.
The University of Chicago, one of the nation’s leading research universities, has a faculty of 2,100 and a student body of 4,200 undergraduates and 8,889 graduate and professional students. More than 70 University of Chicago faculty, researchers and alumni have earned Nobel Prizes since the institution was founded in 1890.
The Chicago Public Schools system is the nation’s third-largest school district and the second-largest employer in Illinois, with more than 43,000 employees. The school system operates 600 schools and serves approximately 437,000 students.
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