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Two Top Chicago Students Win $22K Scholarships

Two Top Chicago Students Win $22K Scholarships

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr., CPS CEO Pedro Martinez and Walsh-Fluor Design-Build Team announced today that two Chicago Public School seniors have been awarded scholarships from the “CTA Elevating Futures Scholarship Fund,” a program that provides financial assistance to CPS students who want to pursue construction and engineering-related college educations.

This scholarship program, created by CTA and Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) contractor Walsh-Fluor Design-Build Team, provides $5,500 each year for four years to economically disadvantaged students who plan to pursue studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) for engineering and construction-related degrees. The scholarship was launched in 2020 as part of the historic $2.1 billion RPM project.

This first-of-its-kind CTA initiative provides scholarships, mentoring support and career guidance for under-resourced college students. The scholarship program is administered by Chicago Scholars, a nonprofit dedicated to college access, college success and leadership development for first-generation and low-income students in Chicago.

This year’s winners will join six other CPS students who won the scholarship in past years and are now pursuing degrees in the construction and engineering fields. Project contractor Walsh-Fluor is sponsoring the scholarships. Scholarship recipients also can apply for paid internships on the RPM project.

“Investing in our youth is a critical step to strengthening our communities,” said Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “I congratulate our scholarship recipients who represent the best of our city and will shape our bright future. Our entire city is proud of them and their accomplishments.”

“The ‘CTA Elevating Futures Scholarship Fund,’ reflects our city’s commitment to our future leaders,” CPS CEO Pedro Martinez said. “We will continue to seek innovative partnerships that increase the number of opportunities for Chicago youth.”

“We strongly believe that all CTA projects are opportunities to lift up our communities and invest in our neighbors,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “Students pursuing careers in transportation, construction and engineering are important for our city and our industry, and we applaud these individuals for taking this important step toward their futures.”

“Since its inception, the ‘CTA Elevating Futures Scholarship Fund’ has helped shape the future of many Chicago Scholars interested in pursuing higher education or careers in the ever-evolving fields of transportation, construction and engineering. We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support of the City of Chicago, the Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Public Schools and Walsh-Fluor,” said Jeffery Beckham Jr., CEO of Chicago Scholars. “Working alongside community leaders with the common goal of supporting our Chicago Scholars is a great honor and allows us to continue carrying out our mission.”

“What makes this program unique is the ongoing support each of our scholars receives,” said Walsh-Fluor Design-Build Team Project Executive Dave Shier. “We are truly invested in their success.”

“The Elevating Futures Scholarship has really helped me by supporting me financially and enabling me to further pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration & management at Loyola University Chicago,” said Axel Hernandez, a current Elevating Futures Scholarship recipient.

The 2022 CTA Elevating Futures Scholars are:

Patrick Muyenzi, 19, Rogers Park
Patrick is graduating at the top of his class at Sullivan High School, where he has taken many honors classes and received recognition for his outstanding academic performance. A student-athlete, Patrick has been an active member of the school’s soccer and volleyball teams, and he enjoys discovering the city through his involvement with the West Town Bike Program. Patrick is also engaged in his local community, having served as an intern at his alderwoman’s office, consistently sharing his professionalism and intelligence when assisting constituents. Teachers and supervisors commend Patrick’s curiosity, thoughtfulness, drive, and leadership skills.

Patrick plans to become an engineer, believing science can address almost any problem in the world. When he was younger, Patrick and his family lived in a refugee camp in Uganda after fleeing Congo for a better life. It was in the refugee camp where he taught himself how to construct a “do-it-yourself” flashlight, due to the lack of electricity there. This inspired him to pursue a degree in electrical engineering to learn how to build sustainable energy solutions. Patrick will be entering the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall.

Freddy Romero, 18, Austin
Freddy Romero attends Austin College and Career Academy, where he is valedictorian of his class. A well-rounded and hardworking student, he has excelled academically and received the Austin Math, Music and Art Awards. Outside of school, he has participated in various STEM-related activities, such as Project Exploration, the EXIGENT Pre-Calculus program, After School Matters’ Woods and Walls program, Code Next and Youth Chicago Apprentice, where he currently works in repairing technology used in CPS.

Freddy’s goal is to become a mechanical engineer so he can improve technology and machinery that can assist those with disabilities. He also hopes to improve his community in the future by creating a “Re-Start” enrichment program that would enable young people to discover their paths. Freddy is held in high esteem by his teachers, who commend his character, focus, and determination. Freddy will be enrolling in the pre-engineering program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he plans to major in mechanical engineering or computer science.

For more information about this program, visit CTA’s website or Chicago Scholars’ website.

Mayor Lightfoot, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today announced that applications are now being accepted for the third year of the “CTA Elevating Futures Scholarship Fund”, an innovative program that provides a path for economically disadvantaged youth to pursue education and careers in construction and engineering. 

Created in partnership with the Walsh-Fluor Design-Build team — the contractor for CTA’s historic $2.1 billion Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project — the scholarship program provides aid to students who plan to pursue four-year degrees in construction management, civil engineering, industrial engineering or systems engineering.

The scholarship program provides a path for economically disadvantaged students to pursue an education in fields that historically create barriers for low-income students. The unique program provides $5,500 per year for four years, mentoring support and guidance in career development opportunities.

“As city leaders, it is our duty to invest in our youth and create opportunities for every one of our residents, regardless of their zip code or socio-economic background,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “This innovative scholarship program not only generates these opportunities, but will undoubtedly develop a new generation of civic-minded industry leaders.” 

“As part of all CTA projects, we are committed to creating opportunity and inclusion for Chicagoans across the city, including students interested in careers in transportation, construction and engineering,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “We are pleased to again partner with Walsh-Fluor to extend opportunities to Chicago’s youth and provide them a path to a bright future.”

“We are excited to offer members of the Class of 2022 an opportunity to apply for this scholarship to learn more about engineering and construction,” said CPS CEO Pedro Martinez. “The ‘CTA Elevating Futures Scholarship Fund,’ reflects a city-wide commitment to our rising innovators and leaders — and our future.” 

“These scholarship recipients are getting work experience as interns in the construction and engineering fields,” Walsh-Fluor Project Executive David Shier said. “This program opens doors to deserving students to help them launch successful careers.”

“The Elevating Futures Scholarship Fund has gone above and beyond to provide our Scholars with the financial supports, mentoring and internship opportunities that will lead to long-term success in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Jeffery Beckham, Jr., Chicago Scholars CEO. “This is the premier STEM scholarship for Chicago Public School students pursuing a four-year college degree, and Chicago Scholars is proud to partner with Walsh-Fluor and the CTA to deliver best-in-class opportunities for Chicago students.”

“The Elevating Futures Scholarship has really helped me by supporting me financially and enabling me to further pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration & management at Loyola University Chicago!” said Axel Hernandez, a current Elevating Futures Scholarship recipient.

To date, six students from across the city of Chicago, including the Back of the Yards, Bridgeport, Hegewisch, Humboldt Park, and Portage Park neighborhoods, have received scholarships from the “CTA Elevating Futures Scholarship Fund,” which is administered by Chicago Scholars, a nonprofit dedicated to college access, and college-success leadership development for first-generation and low-income students in Chicago. Scholarships have been awarded to graduates of Lake View High School, Lane Tech College Prep, Gary Comer College Prep, EPIC Academy High School, and William Jones College Prep.

To learn more about some of these students, watch this video.

The first-of-its-kind CTA initiative provides scholarships, mentoring support, and career guidance for under-resourced college students. The scholarship program is administered by Chicago Scholars, a nonprofit dedicated to college access, college success, and leadership development for first-generation and low-income students in Chicago.

Donated by Walsh-Fluor to help offset tuition costs for CPS graduates, the $250,000 ‘CTA Elevating Futures Scholarship Fund’ will provide 10 financial aid scholarships from 2020 through 2023 for students who plan on majoring in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) for engineering and construction-related degrees. Students who are awarded scholarships will also be eligible to apply for paid summer internships with Walsh-Fluor and the CTA. 

For more information about this program, visit CTA’s website at transitchicago.com/rpm/workforce-opportunities or Chicago Scholars’ website at chicagoscholars.org/elevatingfutures.

 

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HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. HVAC refers to the different systems used for moving air between indoor and outdoor areas, along with heating and cooling both residential and commercial buildings.

Instruction will be provided by an industry professional. Participants who finish the 8 weeks will receive an HVAC tool kit valued at $250-$300 and the opportunity for paid HVAC servicing jobs within the community.

Sign up here!

When: 8 weeks on Thursdays

September 30-November 18 , 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Where: River City : Harambee Training Building- 3711 West Grand Ave.

Who: Young adults ages 16-24

Cost: Free!

Questions? Contact Director of Apprenticeships, Charnesha Collier

Email: charnesha.collier@rcitycdc.org

Call/Text: (224) 585-7292

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. HVAC refers to the different systems used for moving air between indoor and outdoor areas, along with heating and cooling both residential and commercial buildings.

Instruction will be provided by an industry professional. Participants who finish the 8 weeks will receive an HVAC tool kit valued at $250-$300 and the opportunity for paid HVAC servicing jobs within the community.

Sign up here!

When: 8 weeks on Thursdays

September 30-November 18 , 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Where: River City : Harambee Training Building- 3711 West Grand Ave.

Who: Young adults ages 16-24

Cost: Free!

Questions? Contact Director of Apprenticeships, Charnesha Collier

Email: charnesha.collier@rcitycdc.org

Call/Text: (224) 585-7292

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. HVAC refers to the different systems used for moving air between indoor and outdoor areas, along with heating and cooling both residential and commercial buildings.

Instruction will be provided by an industry professional. Participants who finish the 8 weeks will receive an HVAC tool kit valued at $250-$300 and the opportunity for paid HVAC servicing jobs within the community.

Sign up here!

When: 8 weeks on Thursdays

September 30-November 18 , 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Where: River City : Harambee Training Building- 3711 West Grand Ave.

Who: Young adults ages 16-24

Cost: Free!

Questions? Contact Director of Apprenticeships, Charnesha Collier

Email: charnesha.collier@rcitycdc.org

Call/Text: (224) 585-7292

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. HVAC refers to the different systems used for moving air between indoor and outdoor areas, along with heating and cooling both residential and commercial buildings.

Instruction will be provided by an industry professional. Participants who finish the 8 weeks will receive an HVAC tool kit valued at $250-$300 and the opportunity for paid HVAC servicing jobs within the community.

Sign up here!

When: 8 weeks on Thursdays

September 30-November 18 , 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Where: River City : Harambee Training Building- 3711 West Grand Ave.

Who: Young adults ages 16-24

Cost: Free!

Questions? Contact Director of Apprenticeships, Charnesha Collier

Email: charnesha.collier@rcitycdc.org

Call/Text: (224) 585-7292

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. HVAC refers to the different systems used for moving air between indoor and outdoor areas, along with heating and cooling both residential and commercial buildings.

Instruction will be provided by an industry professional. Participants who finish the 8 weeks will receive an HVAC tool kit valued at $250-$300 and the opportunity for paid HVAC servicing jobs within the community.

Sign up here!

When: 8 weeks on Thursdays

September 30-November 18 , 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Where: River City : Harambee Training Building- 3711 West Grand Ave.

Who: Young adults ages 16-24

Cost: Free!

Questions? Contact Director of Apprenticeships, Charnesha Collier

Email: charnesha.collier@rcitycdc.org

Call/Text: (224) 585-7292

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. HVAC refers to the different systems used for moving air between indoor and outdoor areas, along with heating and cooling both residential and commercial buildings.

Instruction will be provided by an industry professional. Participants who finish the 8 weeks will receive an HVAC tool kit valued at $250-$300 and the opportunity for paid HVAC servicing jobs within the community.

Sign up here!

When: 8 weeks on Thursdays

September 30-November 18 , 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Where: River City : Harambee Training Building- 3711 West Grand Ave.

Who: Young adults ages 16-24

Cost: Free!

Questions? Contact Director of Apprenticeships, Charnesha Collier

Email: charnesha.collier@rcitycdc.org

Call/Text: (224) 585-7292

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. HVAC refers to the different systems used for moving air between indoor and outdoor areas, along with heating and cooling both residential and commercial buildings.

Instruction will be provided by an industry professional. Participants who finish the 8 weeks will receive an HVAC tool kit valued at $250-$300 and the opportunity for paid HVAC servicing jobs within the community.

Sign up here!

When: 8 weeks on Thursdays

September 30-November 18 , 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Where: River City : Harambee Training Building- 3711 West Grand Ave.

Who: Young adults ages 16-24

Cost: Free!

Questions? Contact Director of Apprenticeships, Charnesha Collier

Email: charnesha.collier@rcitycdc.org

Call/Text: (224) 585-7292

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As the school year draws near, we will have openings in our Home this fall for boys ages 11-24.

If a young person is committed to changing their life, Mercy Home can be a great solution!

If you know of a youth who is struggling, there is hope. To refer a young person in need, please contact Mercy Home by calling (312) 738-7590, send us an email, or visit our website for more information.