Onsite College Admissions Forum 2012
Prior to the Onsite, the scholars work with mentors to complete five or more college applications which the admissions officers read in advance. Scholars participate in face-to-face interviews, and most receive college admission offers and merit-based financial aid that day. At last year's Onsite, 93% of Chicago Scholars received one or more letters of acceptance - about 6 months earlier than their peers - and colleges awarded $11.4 million of merit aid.
One of the reasons colleges are flocking to the partnership, said president, Karen G. Foley, is they understand the long term support we provide our scholars during the application process and during their time on campus. That's powerful."
Chicago Scholars identifies high potential students from every public, private and parochial high school in Chicago, places many college admission officers never visit. The talent pool is much larger through Chicago Scholars.
Second, colleges understand that we graduate 95% of our scholars year after year. They know we stand beside our Scholars and support them while in college, leading to higher overall college graduation rates. And finally, colleges understand that our scholars are well prepared for their first step on the career and graduate school ladder, meaning they have bright futures as alums and prospective contributors to their alma maters.
Beginning next spring, Chicago Scholars will host its first Career Onsite & Conference called First Look, Chicago. The Conference is an opportunity to recruit interns and new hires from colleges around the country who want to return home to begin their careers.
Building the Bridge to Prosperity
Chicago Leaders Invest in High-Potential, First Generation College-bound Youth to Sustain and Grow Chicago as a World Class City!
Workforce development is one of ten points contained in an influential plan issued by World Business Chicago (WBC) chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to raise the city's position as a premier global business destination.
Chicago Scholars, a five-year college to career program, is a leader in innovative mentoring and support programs that focus on discovering high-potential, low-income and first-generation college bound youth and preparing them to enter the workforce.
On Tuesday, October 30th at 12 noon a distinguished panel of the nation's most innovative business leaders - Jim Reynolds, Mellody Hobson, John Rowe and Tim Schwertfeger - will share their experiences and proven ideas for developing world class talent from among Chicago's first generation and underserved youth.
Onsite Admissions Forum Crystal Award Honorees
Over the decades, John and Jeanne Rowe have gained a reputation for generosity as backers of the Rowe-Clark Math and Science Academy, part of the Noble Network Charter Schools
Perhaps less well known is that John has invested many hours at Clark-Rowe teaching history, even as he served as the Chairman and CEO of Exelon. While John teaches, Jeanne mentors young women providing them with support, insight and encouragement as they navigate into the world. Their passion for the kids is evident in all that they do for Chicago's future leaders.
Pulling the plug on his role as a utility player Exelon Corp. CEO says keeping the lights on has given his career a purpose (November 14, 2011|By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune reporter)
The couple has given $4 million to the Math & Science Academy. When Rowe arrived recently to speak at the dedication of the school's new gymnasium - it was a celebratory affair complete with student performances and a full color guard - John and Jeanne Rowe were treated like royalty. Students frequently greet them with embraces. John Rowe remembers their names, their plans, their last conversation..."I think he knows more about them as people than sometimes their classroom teachers," Johnson said...After retirement, Rowe said, he plans to be an even more regular face at the school, where he wields not only his money but also his clout to help students.
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