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Dejah Powell
Cornell University

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Pamela Bloomquist
Rockford College

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Andres Lagunas
DePaul University

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Patrick T. Murphy
Loyola University Chicago

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Gabriella Marino
Marquette University

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Anthony Onyeaghala
Illinois State University

They come from the north side, west side, south side and suburbs.

They are no strangers to adversity and conquer challenges head on. They represent the Chicago-area’s rich cultural diversity. Most importantly, they know getting an education is the key to their success. And, with the help of the Pullman Foundation, they are achieving their American Dream.

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Our Stories


In the 1950s, the pullman foundation

was one of the first foundations to award scholarships to women and people of color to attend college.

More than 14,000 People

have received Pullman Foundation Scholarships.

Rich In Origin and In Possibilities: Gundega Korsts, Beloit College,

A few years ago, I started getting mailings from the Foundation. I congratulate those who thought of calling on past scholars for present support. It is such a joy to see the new classes of scholars. At times, they feel like my siblings, at other times like my children or grandchildren: family, regardless. Those mailings […]

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The Monumental Impact of a Pullman Foundation Scholarship: Christine and George Gloeckler, University of Chicago ’60

Today, scholar alumnus Dr. George Gloeckler (University of Chicago ’60) is one of the most renowned physicists on the planet. Decades ago, a Pullman Foundation Scholarship helped launch his career when he entered the University of Chicago to earn an engineering degree. There was just one problem: the University of Chicago didn’t offer an engineering […]

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The Freedom to Follow Your Passion: Meet Pullman Scholar Dejah Powell, Cornell University ‘18.

Dejah Powell (Cornell University ’18) is a college senior, but she’s already made a difference in the world that people twice her age only dream of. She credits the Pullman Foundation for much of her success. “My Pullman Foundation Scholarship is transformative,” she says. “It’s given me the freedom to focus on my academics and […]

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George M. Pullman Educational Foundation Announces $1 Million in Scholarships and Education Supports for 2017-2018 Pullman Scholar Cohort

Making College Dreams a Reality for 118 Chicago-Area College Students. As an estimated 20 million college students across the nation start fall classes, the George M. Pullman Educational Foundation announces its commitment to investing $1 million in scholarships and education supports for the 98 renewing and 20 new 2017-2018 Pullman Scholar Cohort. Rooted in Chicago […]

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