Green Halo Scholars is a nonprofit organization that focuses on supporting self-motivated, underserved, low income and/or first-generation high school seniors to apply, attend and succeed in college. Green Halo is distinct by working directly with the western suburb schools of Chicago, Hinsdale South, Proviso West, Proviso East, Proviso Math and Science and Bolingbrook. Green Halo Scholars’ supports and mentors the students through the college application process, financial aid, scholarship identification and application.

TESTIMONIALS

Everyone has been so helpful I am so grateful for you all. I don’t know how I would do any of this without you.

Amber - Class of 2020

Being a Green Halo Scholar has provided me with resources, a security net and a newfound strength I never thought I would have in college. Before I met Sally and Vandana,   I was worried that I would not be able to afford my dream school( University of Rochester). I was also stressed about whether I could actually be accepted. However, upon meeting Sally and Vandana during my senior year, I was able to not only get into the U of R but also receive $11,000 of outside scholarships. This meant that I would not have to take out of loan or be strapped for cash while in college due to a great financial aid package from the U of R. Green Halo introduced to scholarships I never thought of applying for. They also connected me with an ACT tutoring company, which allowed my score to increase by four points. Had it not been for Green Halo, I probably wouldn't have gotten into my dream school, let alone be able to afford it. Now, I'm a first-year and school is going great. I only have to focus on doing well in my academics and continue striving for success!

Tysherra - Class of 2019

I can personally say that the amount of help I got from Vandana and Sally during college application season was invaluable, and I couldn't have done it without them. As a first-generation college student, I had no idea what to even look for in colleges, let alone determine which would be my best fit. After acceptance letters came in, I was able to sit down with them, narrow down my choices, figure out how I was going to pay for school, apply for scholarships, and prepare for the next step in my life.

I learned so many lessons along the way

Sonali - Class of 2018

Good evening Sally!
As of today, I am now considered an in-state student! In addition to that, MSU has put me in their Spartan Advantage program, which pays for my tuition, room, and meal plan! So this semester and all of next year, MSU will be paying for me to go here. They also paid most of my loans from last semester (I took out over 8,000 in loans, now I only owe 1,300.) I am so blessed to have gotten so much from the, and I am beyond grateful! I want to thank you again for all your help with it!  Again, thank you for everything Sally!  Justice - Class of 2018

TESTIMONIALS

Being a part of Green Halo Scholars was the opportunity of a lifetime for me. Since my freshman year of high school, I’ve known what career field I wanted to go into but I never had any clue what college I wanted to attend. I’d always felt that college was so far away that I need not worry about it but before I knew it I was a senior and college was the only thing on my mind. At this point, I hadn’t yet started my college search but it seemed like my peers knew exactly where they wanted to go and what they wanted to do. The entire GHS staff saw how lost I was and put honest time and effort into helping me figure out which colleges were the best fit for me from an academic and environmental perspective. Without the support system that GHS provided to me, I would have continued struggling to find a college that I felt suits me and I would not be as confident in my college decision as I am today. Having this type of time and dedication put into me showed me the importance of the availability of quality resources. I have always wanted to start a non-profit organization for youth and GHS helped me figure out what I want my non-profit to be about. I want to start a non-profit organization that teaches youth the importance of planning ahead for college. My organization will be centered around adolescents in grades 9-12 and will provide them with the resources and support system needed to help them successfully transition from high school to college.

Helea - Class of 2020

Green Halo Scholars was a staple in my college application process. From start to finish, I received constant support and advice from their kind staff. They aided me by providing feedback on essays, helping me attain greater financial aid offers, and preparing me for the 2019 On-Site interviews. However, I believe the greatest support was helping me build my college list. Looking at my academic records and extracurricular activities, they helped me pinpoint colleges that would be safeties, matches and reaches. Within this selection was the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I had found my perfect college match. After completing an interview utilizing their helpful strategies, I was accepted early fall. Not only was I ahead in the college application process, but I was later offered a full-tuition scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am extremely grateful for all the support the program has provided me this year. Being a Green Halo Scholar has left me with the urge to help others with their educational plans. I learned the impact that educational support can have on an individual. Their goodwill has encouraged me to become an ambassador within their program. Additionally, I have even recommended my friends to the program advisors because I would love to see them receive the same support I did. Moving forward in my college career, I hope to support my peers in positions such as a resident assistant, a peer mentor, or a tutor. 

Ariana - Class of 2020

Being a first-generation college student can be daunting, you don't know hoops you have to jump through and the requirements you must complete. But Green halo broke the steps down so they were easily digestible and simple for my family and me to understand. Without their help navigating the college application and admissions process would have been frightfully more difficult.

Ash - Class of 2020

I am a first-generation and low-income student, which meant that I had no experience or funds to help me figure out where I wanted to go, how to apply, and how to get the money to go to college. My high school counselor connected me to Green Halo and the support and opportunities they provided were the reason I ended up being so successful. I had the grades and extracurriculars and awards that colleges wanted but without Green Halo, I wouldn't have to know how to use them to my advantage. Along with individualized support, knowledge and experience, and one-on-one coaching, Green Halo gives students access to a huge event where college admissions counselors all come together to do mass interviews. On the day of the event, I had 6 interviews with schools where I was either accepted to the school, given financial aid and scholarships, informed of new opportunities, or all of the above. From that experience, I fell in love with a college and found out about a competitive full-ride scholarship I was eligible for and ended up winning! I am now on track to start college at Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a full ride and I have every thanks to giving to the wonderful women in Green Halo who supported me, checked my essays, put me through mock interviews, all while doing the same for other kids. I owe them every bit of my success and can't wait to see their organization grow to help more kids in the future

Amber - Class of 2020

Everyone has been so helpful I am so grateful for you all. I don’t know how I would do any of this without you.

Amber - Class of 2020

Being a Green Halo Scholar has provided me with resources, a security net and a newfound strength I never thought I would have in college. Before I met Sally and Vandana,   I was worried that I would not be able to afford my dream school( University of Rochester). I was also stressed about whether I could actually be accepted. However, upon meeting Sally and Vandana during my senior year, I was able to not only get into the U of R but also receive $11,000 of outside scholarships. This meant that I would not have to take out of loan or be strapped for cash while in college due to a great financial aid package from the U of R. Green Halo introduced to scholarships I never thought of applying for. They also connected me with an ACT tutoring company, which allowed my score to increase by four points. Had it not been for Green Halo, I probably wouldn't have gotten into my dream school, let alone be able to afford it. Now, I'm a first-year and school is going great. I only have to focus on doing well in my academics and continue striving for success!

Tysherra - Class of 2019

I can personally say that the amount of help I got from Vandana and Sally during college application season was invaluable, and I couldn't have done it without them. As a first-generation college student, I had no idea what to even look for in colleges, let alone determine which would be my best fit. After acceptance letters came in, I was able to sit down with them, narrow down my choices, figure out how I was going to pay for school, apply for scholarships, and prepare for the next step in my life.

I learned so many lessons along the way

Sonali - Class of 2018

Good evening Sally!
As of today, I am now considered an in-state student! In addition to that, MSU has put me in their Spartan Advantage program, which pays for my tuition, room, and meal plan! So this semester and all of next year, MSU will be paying for me to go here. They also paid most of my loans from last semester (I took out over 8,000 in loans, now I only owe 1,300.) I am so blessed to have gotten so much from the, and I am beyond grateful! I want to thank you again for all your help with it!  Again, thank you for everything Sally!  Justice - Class of 2018

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