Student Lens: Changing Paths-The Chicago Star Scholarship

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By Ebony Ellis

It was my senior year of high school.  I had been accepted eight colleges, had a good GPA, but I had no idea of how I was going to be able to fund my education. I had no idea what my future would be like after graduation, but when I heard about the “Chicago Star Scholarship”, I gained a sense of hope. Since I graduated from a Chicago public high school, I was encouraged to apply to this scholarship, luckily, I received it. I was not aware that people who attended the same high school as me, received this scholarship as well. This scholarship has made an impact on me and I wanted to further explore how it impacted others through my “Student Lens” project as an intern for WYCC PBS Chicago.

The “Chicago Star Scholarship” is awarded to students who have graduated from a Chicago public high school, attends one of the seven city colleges of Chicago, and has at least a “3.0” GPA. The scholarship itself provides students with free tuition and free books for up to three years, or until you complete your associate’s degree, as long as they maintain at least a “3.0”.

Like myself, Ariel Judah is one of many students that received “The Chicago Star Scholarship” when it began in 2015. During her time as a Harold Washington student, she served on the student panel, spoken at many events for Harold Washington, and has received many other awards. As time progressed, she became more involved at Harold Washington and more fond of representing her school.

Now that Ariel has graduated from one of the City Colleges, she discusses how “The Chicago Star Scholarship has impacted her and changed her view of Harold Washington. As a graduate from The City Colleges of Chicago she will be attending UIC for chemical engineering for the upcoming fall semester of 2017.