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March 2017 Entry

Crusading for Higher Education

Tracey Parks
Naperville · IL
Overview
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Underprivileged students are far less likely to be able to go on college tours (especially tours outside of their immediate area). As a result, they often select schools without ever walking the grounds of the university or college. College visits are especially important for those who are the first in their family to attend college, as they help them navigate one of the most important decisions of their post high school life. The Crusading for Higher Education program will increase the appeal of higher education by showing students the opportunities that a university or college can offer them.

How will you use the $10k?

We currently, have 10 students that qualify to participate in the Crusader for Higher Education Program. The total cost per student to go on the college tour is $975.00. Which would cost $9,750 for 10 students. The remaining $250.00 will be used to purchase healthy snacks and drawstring backpacks.

What impact do you hope to make?

More affluent students have the ability to “try before they buy”, they are allowed to visit a variety of schools, observe classes, see how they feel on campus, meet other students, and explore surrounding school the area. With that information in tow, they are able to make more informed decisions about where to attend and find a college that is a really good fit. Low-income students are far less likely to be able to go on college tours (especially tours outside of their immediate area) and as a result, often select schools completely blind. These visits are especially important for those who are the first in their family to attend college, as they navigate a high-impact decision with minimal first-hand context at their disposal.

Other Details

CHE-College Tour Summer 2017 Proposed Date: June 12th-14th
Signed Contract Due to GoCampusing: Dec. 1, 2016
Deposit Due: Dec. 1, 2016
Students Signed Contracts Due Dec. 18, 2016
Final Payment Due: April 1, 2016

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