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.

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.

I invite you to 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.

Robin Redmond
Executive Director

HISTORY


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

THE FOUNDATION HAS SUPPORTED ITS
SCHOLARS WITH MORE THAN

$32 Million

IN SCHOLARSHIPS SINCE 1950

View and download past annual reports

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

Board
of
Directors

BARBARA MILLER KAUFMAN

President

JOHN P. HERGERT

Vice President
Managing Director, CGM Interactive

MARC CHRISTMAN

Treasurer
Mesirow Financial, Inc.

THE REV’D SAM PORTARO, JR., DMIN

Secretary
Episcopal Chaplain Emeritus, The University of Chicago

THE HONORABLE ROBERT W. FIORETTI

Assistant Treasurer/Assistant Secretary
Partner, Roth Fioretti, LLC

KIMBERLEY FREEDMAN

Director

RICHARD J. HOSKINS

Director
Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP, and Senior Lecturer, Northwestern University School of Law

JEFFERY A. TRYKA, CFA

Director
Director of Corporate Development and Investor Relations, Thor Industries, Inc.

SUSIE H. TURK

Director
Director, Solution Engineering, Salesforce

STAFF

Robin Redmond

Robin Redmond

Executive Director
rredmond@pullmanfoundation.org

#PULLMANPASSION:

Growing the Foundation. I want to help as many students go to college as possible.

Anne Stretz

ANNE STRETZ

Scholarship Program Manager
astretz@pullmanfoundation.org

#PULLMANPASSION:

Supporting our scholars throughout their college journey.

PATRICK T. MURPHY

Development & Alumni Relations Director
pmurphy@pullmanfoundation.org

#PULLMANPASSION:

Encouraging and stewarding the philanthropic spirit of our supporters.

LIsa O'Banner

LISA O’BANNER

Director of Administration
lobanner@pullmanfoundation.org

#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
312.422.0444