Eastern partners with multi-generation education program


Ashanti Thomas

Ramsey Johnson, a freshman computer science major, walks to class on Aug. 26. He said his first week of classes were “not very extravagant.

Rob Le Cates, Editor-in-Chief

Eastern is expected to gain 30-40 Hope Scholars this fall after forming a formal partnership with Hope Chicago.

Hope Chicago is a one billion dollar funded scholarship-focused and non-profit organization designed to aid first-generation families in the Chicago public school districts who come from low-income home and want to pursue higher education.

Josh Norman, Eastern’s associate vice president of enrollment management said all fees are covered for the Hope Scholars.

“It’s really exciting to be able to partner with the organization and see more students from those partner schools attend Eastern,” Norman said.

The scholarship aids a graduating high school student and one parent or guardian to attend a two-year college, a four year university or college, a vocational program or a professional certification program at one of 23 institutions

Participants must want to pursue post secondary education goals with GPA, have attended 11 and 12 grade at a partner high school. Test scores not dependent on eligibility. 

Hope Scholars will receive support including, but not limited to, academic and financial advising, career exploration assistance, mentoring, tutoring, workshops and access to Hope Chicago support staff members while at an in-network institution.

The number of Hope Scholars will likely double in fall 2023.

Along with cost free tuition, scholars will receive a laptop and a small annual stipend to cover any other necessities.

Norman said he is excited for this program to be implemented at Eastern and can’t wait to be a part of those student’s lives. 

Rob Le Cates is a sophomore journalism major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]