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1stGEN Scholarship Gala

1stGEN Scholarship Gala

In partnership with Chicago State University (CSU), the Chicago State Foundation will host the inaugural 1stGEN Scholarship Gala: Transformation, presented by Greeley and Hansen and Hyatt Hotels Corporation, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel on the evening of Friday, October, 2 2020.

CSU has created an intentional campus community that provides a comprehensive suite of wraparound cognitive and non-cognitive supports designed to propel the success of first-generation students from diverse populations. More than 60% of CSU scholars are the first in their families to attend college, and 80% are black or Latin. The greatest roadblock to first-gen college success isn’t the lack of talent, or desire, but the lack of financial resources. Dollars raised from the gala will be used to help remove that barrier, through the creation of the CSU 1stGEN Scholarship Fund.

Special highlights of the gala will include a special signature address by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and the presentation of the Cougar Servant Leadership Awards to former Illinois Senate President, and long-time CSU champion, Emil Jones, Jr., Chicago Public Schools CEO and CSU Alumna, Dr. Janice Jackson, and longtime education and Arts advocate, and Bronzeville Children’s Museum founder, Peggy Montes.

On behalf of CSU President Zaldwaynaka ‘Z’ Scott, gala Co-Chairs John C. Robak (Greeley and Hansen), Tyronne Stoudemire (Hyatt Hotels Corporation) and gala Honorary Co-Chairs Andy Zopp & Bill Zopp, and Angelique David & Jerry Richmond, we invite you to join us for this incredible celebration by participating as a sponsor. Attached for your consideration is a package outlining the array of sponsorship opportunities available.

Learn more about participating as a sponsor of this year’s 1stGEN Scholarship Gala by clicking here, or by contacting foundation@csu.edu or calling 773.995.5300.