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 since 1950, the George M. Pullman Educational Foundation is a private operating foundation that has invested more than $33 million in Chicago-area students who aspire to earn a college degree. The Foundation helps change the trajectory of young peoples’ lives each year by providing merit-based, need-based scholarships of up to $10,000 per year, renewable for up to four years. Along with scholarships, the Foundation also offers scholars educational support and access to a wide network of more than 14,000 Pullman Scholar Alumni ready to help current scholars in their college journey and beyond.
“The Pullman Foundation has a rich history of supporting the brightest young people from diverse communities in the Chicago-area,” says Robin Redmond, executive director of the Foundation. “We see first-hand how earning a college degree positively affects our scholars, their families, and even their communities. It’s a ripple effect that continues for decades.”
Approximately 700 young people applied to become Pullman Scholars this year. The highly competitive selection process requires applicants to have minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate strong leadership skills and community involvement.
The 2017-2018 Pullman Scholar Cohort consists of 118 Pullman Scholars who are attending 54 different colleges across the nation, such as Howard University, Illinois University at Urbana-Champaign, Yale University, and Stanford University. The 68th Class of Pullman Scholars were selected in May and are pursuing degrees at 17 different colleges in some of the most in-demand fields, including engineering, international policy, and medicine.
The Foundation’s scholarship application opens in early November 2017 and will be available online until February 2018. Candidates interested in learning more about eligibility and the application process should visit www.pullmanfoundation.org/apply.
68th Class of Pullman Scholars – Class of 2021
|Alexandra Abbey, graduate of University of Chicago Laboratory School, New York University
John Anderson, graduate of Southland College Prep, University of Pennsylvania
Ayana Blair, graduate of Wheeling High School, Illinois Wesleyan University
Jenna Bostick, graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Grand Valley State University
Ezenna Chukwujioke-Madu, graduate of Hillcrest High School, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rafael Curran, graduate of Saint Ignatius College Prep University of Notre Dame
Malcolm Fox, graduate of Wendell Phillips Academy, Wesleyan University
Alije Kaleshi, graduate of Saint Ignatius College Prep, University of Southern California
Andres Lagunas, graduate of Hubbard High School, DePaul University
Diana Lam, graduate of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, Middlebury College
Cyrus Lau, graduate of Kenwood Academy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Gabriella Marino, graduate of Marist High School, Marquette University
Adriana Martinez, graduate of Lane Technical College Prep High School, Carnegie Mellon University
Alexandria Nwarache, graduate of Rich East High School, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Juhi Patel, graduate of East Leyden High School, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alondra Ramos, graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School, University of San Francisco
Nathaniel Rodriguez, graduate of Maine Township High School District 207 West, Washington University in St. Louis
Austin Schelfhout, graduate of William Fremd High School, Bradley University
Jaime Sosa, graduate of Instituto of Health and Sciences Career Academy, University of Illinois at Chicago
Skyler Thompson, graduate of Thornton Fractional North High School, DePaul University
While our application is open, we’ve asked our current scholars and alumni to share why they’re happy they filled out the Pullman Foundation Scholarship application. It is an extensive process (see our application page), but it is worth it. Michael Glynn, Marquette University,’17, shares his reasons below.
Applying for the Pullman scholarship made a huge difference in my life. Just before my senior year of high school, my father passed away, and I did not think I would be able to afford college. With help from the Pullman scholarship, as well as a few other scholarships, my college dream came true, and I was able to attend Marquette University. I will always be grateful to the staff at the Pullman Foundation who were generous enough to support me through college. I have had great experiences throughout my time at Marquette, but none of that would have been possible if it were not for the generosity of the Pullman Foundation. In addition to that, the Pullman Foundation has offered me amazing networking abilities with both current and former scholars. Each year I look forward to attending the annual symposium because I always learn something new and meet great people. I am so happy that I decided to apply for the Pullman scholarship because I know that this is an organization that I will be involved with throughout my life, and I cannot wait to give back and still remain involved with the Foundation even after graduation.
If you’re a current Pullman Scholar or Pullman Scholar Alumn(a/us) and would like to share your reason why you’re happy you applied, please email Katie Desir at Kdesir@pullmanfoundation.org.