Set just north of the urban powerhouse it calls home, Northwestern University (IL) is emphasizing a vital element of its demographic landscape—community college transfer students. By signing onto the Chicago Star Partnership, a City Colleges of Chicago (CCC)-led initiative to help students obtain bachelor’s degrees, Northwestern will soon offer scholarships to those who may need it most: well-performing, underprivileged Chicago students.
To qualify, students must graduate from Chicago Public Schools with a 3.0 GPA, obtain their associate degree from one of Chicago’s community colleges, and be admitted to Northwestern through its standard admissions process. Participants are eligible for up to $50,000 annually for two years, and there is no limit on the number of students who can receive the scholarship.
By joining the partnership, Northwestern hopes to attract outstanding CCC graduates who otherwise might not consider applying to the university, President Morton Schapiro said.
“Through this partnership and others, we hope to make it possible for more students from low- and middle-income families and who are first-generation college students to attend Northwestern.”
Northwestern is one of 15 public and private universities to sign onto the initiative. Read more about the partnership in the Chicago Tribune.