• Green Halo Scholars

April 2019 Newsletter

National College Decision Day is May 1st, 2019 and it's when all of our scholars’ hard work starts to pay off as they review their College Admissions, Scholarships and Financial Aid Awards letters and make the decision that will change their lives forever!

And here are some updates:

Green Halo Scholars 2019

Anahi, from Proviso East High School was awarded the prestigious University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign’s Illinois Promise Scholarship, an extremely competitive scholarship for first generation college students. The scholarship is designed to cover a student’s cost of tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies. We are so very proud of all the hard work she put into it to make it happen!

Tysherra, received a $66,000 scholarship from, University of Rochester, NY her first choice and she can now hope to attend the school of her dreams. Ty worked hard to maintain a high GPA, and she took advantage of our partnership with A Plus Tutoring to improve her ACT score by four points! Our partnership with A Plus Tutoring was made possible because of Pablo Ortego—the founder of A Plus—who generously donated his time and resources to support our Green Halo Scholars. Ty’s improved ACT score enabled her to get an incredible merit scholarship and bring her financial gap to $5000.00 a year!

Christian, also from Proviso East High School, has received competing financial aid packages from Bradley University and University of Montana, along with merit scholarships to study Physics. He has some exciting decisions to make soon. Christian’s financial gap is at $6000.00 a year!

Jaylen has been accepted into nine colleges including the Cleveland Institute of Art, the University of Rhode Island, and DePaul University. Jay has also attracted $46,528 in college scholarships and is reviewing his options and the financial gaps to decide which school will be home for him for the next four years!

Our work, however, is not over yet for the 2019 scholars, and there is a bright neon green light at the end of the tunnel! We are now focused on helping our scholars reduce their financial gap further or eliminate it all together.

College Books Expenses

We are also exploring the possibility of committing to support our GHS scholars with their books expenses through college as we found that this was an added financial burden for our students, one that was difficult to bridge.

Update on our Green Halo Scholars 2018

All our 2018 scholars are successfully finishing up their freshman year at their respective schools - Michigan State University (Justice), University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign (Alex), Western Illinois University (Veronica), Elmhurst College (Sonali), Cornell College (Daniel), and Triton College (Annette). We met some of the students in January of this year. They are all incredible students who are growing from their college experience!

And now, looking to next year with our Green Halo Scholars 2020

We will be supporting Hinsdale South High School, Proviso East, Proviso West, Proviso Math and Science and Bolingbrook High School this year for the graduating class of GHS 2020!! We are so excited to have a new school partnering with us! To us it’s a testament to and a validation of what we are doing and its value. We will have a list of the identified rising seniors by the end of April from the schools and plan to begin meeting with the students over the summer to help prepare them for Chicago Scholars On-Site on October 23rd, 2019 at Navy Pier, as well as with their other college applications including financial aid and applying for private scholarships.

National Partnership for Education Annual Conference 2019

We attended the National Partnership for Educational Access’s (NPEA) 11th annual conference in Chicago on April 3rd - 5th thanks to the generous donations from Giving Tuesday 2018. And, what an amazing opportunity and education that was! The conference focused on topics such as college affordability, college and career readiness, diversity, equity, and inclusion issues across the field. The conference provided us with networking opportunities for active learning and self-reflection. It absolutely solidified our mission at Green Halo to continue to support our past, present and future scholars with help and additional NPEA resources.

Partnership with the University of Dayton, The American Talent Initiative, and A Flyer Promise

In March we had the immense privilege of meeting with Eric Spina, the new president of the University of Dayton. Eric has a vision to see a more diverse and inclusive campus. His vision for Dayton aligns with ours to help our Green Halo scholars attend universities with programs in place to support first generation or low income students. We are working closely with Eric and Dayton University to forge an alliance with ATI and The Flyer Promise Scholars Program. ATI is a Bloomberg Philanthropy that is a growing alliance of like minded colleges and universities dedicated to expanding opportunities and access to low and moderate income students. University of Dayton alumnus William Tweed and his wife, Jan, have donated $1.5 million to endow a Flyer Promise scholarship as part of a new program that removes financial barriers for high-achieving underrepresented students.

Varun Mark Memorial Scholarship 2019

We have selected the Hinsdale South Senior for this year’s Varun Mark Bahl Memorial Scholarship!! We are extremely excited to award that scholarship on May 23rd, 2019 at the Awards Ceremony at Hinsdale South. It was another difficult decision for us, but it was also one we feel humbled to be able to make.

As we look forward, we remain focused and determined to continue the mission and driving purpose of our foundation to support underserved students from the Chicago suburbs with completing the college application process, exploring financial aid and scholarships, and planning for their future successes as they begin their academic careers.

Thank you all for your amazing generosity, continued support and encouragement!


Sally & Vandana

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