Class of
Christopher Nowak
DePaul University


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


See how $1.2 million changed many lives


The Foundation has supported its scholars with more than

$32 Million

In scholarships since 1950

View and download past annual reports

Board of Directors

Barbara H. Miller


John P. Hergert

Vice President Managing Director at CGM Interactive

The Rev’d Sam Portaro, Jr., DMin

Secretary Episcopal Chaplain Emeritus, The University of Chicago

Marc Christman

TreasurerMesirow Financial, Inc.

The Honorable Robert W. Fioretti

DirectorPublic Figure

Kimberley Freedman


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 at Thor Industries, Inc.

Susie Turk

Director Senior Manager, Solution Engineering at Saleforce

Board of Directors


Robin Redmond
Executive Director

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

Megan McGinnity
Scholarship Program Director

The scholars! I’m here to help our scholars thrive.

Patrick T. Murphy
Development & Alumni Relations Director

Encouraging and stewarding the philanthropic spirit from our supporters.

Lisa O’Banner
Director of Administration

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

Katie Desir
Manager of Communications

Telling the Pullman Foundation story and getting more people involved in our incredible mission.


George M. Pullman Educational Foundation
55 W. Monroe St., Suite 3460
Chicago, IL 60603