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U46 scholarship program in 2nd year

Updated: March 26, 2013 9:31AM

ELGIN — School District U46 has launched its Second Annual Superintendent Scholarship program, which was established to support students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college.

Last May, 21 high school seniors were awarded with $1,000 scholarships each.

This year, Superintendent José M. Torres committed to a personal contribution of up to $10,000. Torres will match all new contributions until he gives $10,000, thus doubling the impact of an individual’s donation. For example, if an individual gives $25, Torres will match the $25 donation.

He plans to donate a total of up to $50,000 during his tenure to help grow the program, in addition to donations made by community members and friends of School District U46.

“There is no greater joy than making a difference in the life of a young person,” Torres said. “These scholarships support the ‘average’ student who, like me, is a first-generation college-going student who might earn B’s or C’s. Many of the students who received scholarships last year made significant positive changes during their high school careers and are on a road to success, but need a little extra support.”

Recipients of last year’s scholarships — in addition to being the first in their families to attend college — may have had the following experiences:

Participant in the Ten Boys Initiative

AVID participant

Teenage parent

Former dropout who graduated from a U46 school with a high school diploma (not GED)

Completed entire education in U46 (K-12)

Member of Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council

Member of Future Teachers Club

Intends to pursue studies in any of the following areas: science; technology; mathematics; education field

Applications for the Superintendent Scholarship program must be submitted to high school guidance offices by March 7. Students who plan to attend a two-year technical college are also eligible to apply for the scholarship. Recipients are notified in April and attend an award ceremony later that month.

“It is my hope that this program will continue to grow for years to come so that our district can celebrate the tremendous accomplishment of students who are the first in their families to pursue higher education,” Torres said. “U46 is committed to preparing students for college and putting them on a path to a brighter future, and this scholarship is just another way to support these goals.”

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