The University of Chicago is stepping in to ensure a quality education for local families in a big way. WBEZ reports that the university will offer free tuition to students who are the children of Chicago Public Schools staff members. While the first difficult step will be getting accepted to UChicago – which currently has around an 8 percent acceptance rate – once the children of CPS staffers are admitted, they’ll reportedly receive a scholarship worth a price of $200,000 over four years. Tuition is currently $51,000 a year.
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“This scholarship recognizes the contribution and sacrifice of our faculty who educate, inspire and help mentor Chicago’s youth,” CPS Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson said in a statement.
This wonderful opportunity is actually an extension of a program that’s been in place for more than 30 years where the children of firefighters and police officers received a full ride if admitted.
The Chicago Public Schools Educators Award Scholarship is open to the children “of any CPS employee, including teachers, counselors, nurses, teaching assistants, lunchroom workers, clerks and custodians” and isn’t restricted to CPS graduates.