Hope Chicago and Illinois Tech to Provide Debt-Free Higher Education for Future Scarlet Hawks

Hope Chicago has announced a formal partnership with Illinois Tech, opening the door for the first of many Hope Scholar and Hope Parent Scholar cohorts to pursue their higher education goals debt-free.

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By Howard J. Lee

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CHICAGO, IL, June 6, 2022 / -- Hope Chicago, the innovative two-generation college scholarship program that is committed to investing $1 billion in postsecondary scholarships to Chicago Public School students and their parents over the next decade, has announced a formal partnership with the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) to support this year’s incoming fall 2022 inaugural Hope Scholar cohort.

As a Hope Chicago partner university, incoming Hope Scholars to Illinois Tech will be eligible for the full suite of comprehensive support that Hope Chicago offers, including scholarships paying for all college expenses—not just tuition and traditional dormitory life, but also transition support, academic and social/emotional support, and exclusive access to dedicated support staff on campus.

“We know the transition for any scholar into a new postsecondary setting is a critical moment in time. That’s why we are so excited to have such deep relationships in place with our partner universities that ensure a deep bench of support for our first cohort of Hope Scholars enrolling this fall,” says Hope Chicago Chief Program Officer Michele Howard.

In February 2022 Hope Chicago visited five CPS high schools on the city’s South, Southwest, and West sides, promising 4,000 students and one parent/guardian of each student access to debt-free higher education. With future cohorts in the works, the partnership with Hope Chicago opens the door for more CPS graduates and their families to experience the world-class education that Illinois Tech has to offer.

“Illinois Tech was founded on the noble mission of liberating the collective power of difference to advance technology and progress for all,” says Raj Echambadi, president of Illinois Tech. “By partnering with Hope Chicago as part of The Chicago Difference, the university’s community transformation and scholarship initiative designed to provide wraparound support for talented young people from underrepresented backgrounds across Chicago, Illinois Tech continues to meet our mission by leading much of the nation in economic mobility and in the success of our graduates more than 130 years later.”

“We know a college degree is the most powerful tool one can use to maximize their career opportunities,” says Hope Chicago Chief Executive Officer Janice Jackson. “That’s why we aim to change the game and redefine the college experience for our scholars in collaboration with our partner institutions."

For more on Hope Chicago, visit hopechicago.org