United College Fund, Superintendents’ Commission and Tougaloo College Collaborate to Award 88 College Scholarships to Chicago-Area Students.

District Superintendents and Scholarship recipients. Photo provided by STH  Media LLC
District Superintendents and Scholarship recipients. Photo provided by STH Media LLC

United College Fund, Superintendents’ Commission and Tougaloo College Collaborate to Award 88 College Scholarships to Chicago-Area Students. 

TINLEY PARK, IL—March 25, 2024—A total of eighty-eight students received college scholarships from a partnership of Chicago- area school superintendents, the United Negro College Fund and Tougaloo College, a Mississippi Historically Black College and University (HBCU).

The Superintendents’ Commission for the Study of Diversity and Demographics (SCSDD), in partnership with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and Tougaloo College, awarded high school seniors a total of $102,000 of scholarships to enroll in colleges and universities of their choice during a March 21 banquet at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

In addition, according to organizers, ten students from Bloom Township 206, Southland College Prep, Rich Township 227 and Hillcrest High School received full-ride scholarships to attend Tougaloo in Mississippi. Tougaloo College provost, Dr. Josiah J. Sampson, III was on hand to award the scholarships to the college, which was founded in 1869 near Jackson, Mississippi. Three students received Presidential Scholarships and seven students received Provost and Servant scholarships through a combination of funding from Tougaloo, the Superintendents’ Commission and the UNCF.

The Superintendents’ Commission is composed of 37 elementary and secondary superintendents and school districts of the suburban Cook and collar counties dedicated to providing quality educational opportunities for all students.

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) provides scholarships, emergency student aid, scholarship endowments and capacity building for UNCF-member institutions.

“Seeing these scholarships being awarded is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students, as well as the commitment of our community to support their educational dreams,” said Dr. Johnnie Thomas, president of the Superintendents’ Commission and superintendent of Rich Township High School District 227. “It’s a proud moment for all of us."

The achievement underscores the commitment of the Chicago area educational community and UNCF towards fostering the future of young scholars, said Dr. Blondean Y. Davis, CEO of Southland College Prep Charter High School and superintendent of Matteson School District 162, who also serves as vice president of the Tougaloo College board.  

“This is a celebration of potential, achievement, and the bright future that lies ahead for these students,” Davis said. “We are thrilled to see how our collective efforts have turned into tangible support for their higher education,” she added.


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