Roosevelt University in Chicago has just awarded its first batch of full-tuition scholarships to students graduating from Social Justice High School, a school on the city's southwest side. Eight graduates from Social Justice High School earned four-year scholarships, each worth more than $80,000, for earning good grades and doing well on the ACT.
The program was announced in 2006 to give low-income students at a predominately Hispanic high school incentive to succeed in high school and go on to college. To qualify, students must earn at least a 20 on the ACT and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarships cover up to the full cost of tuition at Roosevelt for four years, minus other aid. In addition, the students will also receive housing allowances of $11,000 per year to allow them to live in the Roosevelt University dorms downtown.
Winning scholarships can hold many benefits for students beyond just financial ones. The Roosevelt University scholarships at Social Justice High School encourage students not to give up on academics and to push themselves in school. Several of the recipients retook the ACT or put in extra effort on their coursework in order to qualify for the scholarship. Winning a scholarship can also motivate students to be more successful in college, according to research into benefits of scholarships.
The Chicago Sun-Times has more information on the Roosevelt University scholarship porgram. This is just one of many generous local scholarships out there. To learn about other scholarship opportunities, you can conduct a free college scholarship search.