FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Who Wants to Win a Scholarship?
Ask 56 Seniors Competing in the Fifth Year of this Competition Coordinated by Loyola University Chicago
CHICAGO, March 31, 2005 At 9:00 am on April 5, 2005, eager seniors from 12 different Chicago public high schools will arrive at the Chicago Access Network Television studio to compete in the fifth year of GEAR UP’s “Who Wants to Win a Scholarship?”
Modeled after the popular game show, “Who Wants to Win a Scholarship?” is a Chicago GEAR UP Alliance competition that ultimately awards a full tuition scholarship to Loyola University Chicago, DePaul University, Roosevelt University and Northeastern Illinois University.
The four competitions, each representing a participating institution, will be taped over a 2-day period on April 5 and April 6. Competitions will take place at CAN TV studio, located at 322 S. Green Street in Chicago. The taping schedule is as follows:
-April 5th — students will compete for scholarships to attend Loyola and DePaul
-April 6th — students will compete for scholarships to attend Roosevelt and Northeastern
CAN TV21 will broadcast the programs at 11:00 am on each of the following dates and all four shows will air again on CAN TV19 in the same order on Saturday, April 30 between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
-DePaul: Monday, April 25
-Loyola: Tuesday, April 26
-Northeastern Illinois: Wednesday, April 27
-Roosevelt: Thursday, April 28
Since its inception, the program has awarded seven full-tuition scholarships, fifty vouchers for college textbooks, 16 laptop computers and a host of other educational prizes to a total of 99 participating seniors.
This year, 56 more seniors will sit in competition seats. These students received study guides in the fall containing more than 2000 academic questions in nine content areas and were invited to attend 15 Saturday study sessions led by college students from the participating universities. The college students serve as academic coaches for this competition, presenting study strategies and guiding high school competitors through the college application process.
“This program is designed to provide academic support to students in chronically underperforming high schools,” says Program Director Mary Charles. “Every year, thousands of dollars in scholarship money goes unused, but these kids don?t even have access to that money because they?re up against unfair competition. The beauty of this scholarship program is that it’s restricted to kids from schools with similar academic profiles–so it levels the playing field.”
The “Who Wants to Win a Scholarship?” program has proven to be a winning combination of competition, academic support, and college access. In five years, participation throughout the 14 GEAR UP High Schools has increased tenfold. The program has facilitated the completion of more than 700 college applications and provided nearly 20,000 hours of tutoring outside of school time.
Kick-off presentations in the fall extend the “Who Wants to Win a Scholarship?” opportunity to more than 3,377 seniors in 13 GEAR UP high schools. This year, a total of 191 students attended Saturday study sessions with 49 academic coaches from GEAR UP universities. The 15 four-hour study sessions held throughout the school year provided time for students to review content in American history, biology, chemistry/physics, consumer education, earth, space and environmental sciences, fine arts, language arts, mathematics and world studies.
This year’s competitors come from Clemente, Dunbar, Farragut, Foreman, Hyde Park, Kelvyn Park, Manley, Mather, Roosevelt, Senn, Wells, and Westinghouse high schools.
“Who Wants to Win a Scholarship?” is one of many programs sponsored by the Chicago GEAR UP Alliance and is part of a $31 million grant awarded to the Chicago Education Alliance in 1999. The grant, funded by the U. S. Department of Education’s Operation GEAR UP program (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), was allocated for the creation of programs at over 35 public schools in Chicago. Due to GEAR UP funding cuts, 2005 will mark the final year of “Who Wants to Win a Scholarship?” in its current form.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.