Mission The George M. Pullman Educational Foundation supports the dreams and aspirations of outstanding graduating high school seniors with merit-based, need-based scholarships and continuing educational support as they pursue their bachelor’s degree at the college or university of their choice.

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Impact
The story of the Pullman Scholar Community

In 1950, when the Pullman Foundation awarded its first round of scholarships to 60 young men and women from Chicago’s Pullman/Roseland community, it opened a door to opportunity for many who would have been excluded from the possibility that a college degree offers. Now 65+ years later, roughly 14,000 people proudly call themselves Pullman Scholars.

Much like the Foundation’s benefactor, George M. Pullman, throughout its history, the Foundation’s board and staff have rarely been satisfied with the status quo. Pullman Scholars represent Chicago’s diverse communities and they embody an American ideal—that with just a little bit of help, everyone can pursue their American Dream—a bold, but simple idea that has resulted in economic and social mobility for thousands of families over the last six decades.

Throughout the Foundation’s website you will see that simple idea unfold to become what is now the larger Pullman Scholar Community. In our 65 Stories video, you will meet scholar alumni and learn about their journeys—from high school seniors, to college graduates, and now seasoned professionals—and how they accomplished their goals with the help of the Pullman Foundation. A few more clicks in, and you can see our current scholars in action whether it’s on their college campuses or participating in the annual Pullman Scholar Symposium, they have the chance to learn and to develop life skills from each other and from others, including Pullman Scholar Alumni.

Explore the Foundation’s website to learn more about our legacy and our scholar community. Join us and discover how to get involved to help future generations of young people pursue their American Dream by earning a college degree.

History

See how George M. Pullman’s original bequest of $1.2 million changed so many lives.

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Financials

The Foundation has supported its scholars with more than

$33 Million

in scholarships since 1950

View and download past annual reports

Board of Directors

BARBARA M. KAUFMAN

Board President

Gianna A. Bern

Vice President

Robert W. Fioretti

Secretary

Marc Christman

Treasurer

KIMBERLEY FREEDMAN

Director

SCOTT BROWN

Director

RICHARD DASPIT

Director

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Staff

Staff

ANNE STRETZ

Scholarship Program Director

#PullmanPassion:

Supporting our scholars throughout their college journey.

Tori Ferman

Scholarship Program Assistant

#PullmanPassion:

Providing a listening ear and additional assistance to keep our scholars encouraged. 

Lisa O’Banner

Director of Administration

#PullmanPassion:

Making sure the Foundation runs efficiently so more money can go to our scholars.

Contact

George M. Pullman
Educational Foundation

55 W. Monroe St., Suite 3460
Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312 422 0444

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