A Chicago high school’s senior class has brought home a combined $12.5 million in college scholarship offers in a single day. More than one third of Kenwood Academy’s senior class will have financial assistance when attending college.
“That’s a lot,” said Lindsey Hunter, the school’s college and career coach, on Tuesday going over the final tally of merit-based scholarship offers from the Siemens College Fair. “We got the most in the city.” Ninety Kenwood seniors walked away from the November event with at least one scholarship offer and four students were offered the full college package.
“They could get anything from $2,000 to a full ride — everything plus a laptop,” Hunter said, adding that students with a B average and at least 19 on the ACT all got some scholarship offer.
Senior Korbin Houston was offered six different scholarships from colleges. Before attending the event, she already had 10 free tuition offers, with six institutions offering to pay for housing.
Last year’s class was offered more than $31 million in merit-based scholarship money. This year’s class is on track to meet or exceed that number.
While the school is not in the city’s top tier of selective-enrollment high schools, Kenwood Academy consistently beats them on college acceptance and scholarship offers.
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