Friday, 50 of Chicago’s future college freshmen were honored for their hard work and creative essays by Ada S. McKinley Community Services. The 13th Annual College Trunk pick-up day honors the success and resilience of 50 high school graduates who overcame obstacles during an academic year amid a global pandemic. This year students wrote essays on the subject, “Why obtaining a postsecondary Education is important to me”.
To maintain social distancing guidelines, students arrived with their parents and guardians at times staggered throughout the day. Students received a “technology” trunk filled with computers, supplies, and living essentials. Now in its 13th year, The Revie Sorey Trunk Scholarships are an important extension of Ada S. McKinley’s acclaimed College Preparation & Placement Program, which has placed more than 75,000 youth in more than 400 colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Named in honor of former Ada S. McKinley division director and Chicago Bear Revie Sorey who launched the program over a decade ago, the Trunk Scholarships provide college-bound honorees with the technology, learning, and other living essentials first-year students need to begin their college journey. To qualify applicants submitted their college acceptance letters along with their essays.
The theme of this year’s celebration was “Goodbye Quarantine…Hello Future Dreams”. VP of Education, Venise Hardy says students can sign up through a referral from their Chicago public school or as a walk-in via their website.
For more information on Ada S. McKinley Community Services, visit their website here.
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