Portraits of NLCP Partner Colleges
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NLCP Partner Colleges: Illinois College


On November 18th, 21 Seniors traveled to Jacksonville, IL to visit Illinois College. IC is a small, 4 year, private liberal arts college. This coed college is located in a large town in a rural setting. It offers bachelor's and master's degrees. Total enrollment is around 1000 students, with 285 students being Freshmen!11:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures intense focus on and comprehensive guidance for each student. A rich array of experiential learning opportunities including Study Abroad, student-faculty research, internships, community service projects and Division III athletics complement the academic program.


Interesting fact: Illinois College was a center of the abolitionist movement. President Beecher was an outspoken opponent of slavery. A grand jury indicted a group of students for harboring runaway slaves, and two campus houses are believed to have been part of the Underground Railroad.



Think Day Report


On Nov 20th we hosted Think Day and Seniors were asked to either apply to colleges or scholarships for 3 straight hours. The seniors completed 230 college applications submitted on that day alone! Go seniors! By now everyone should have at least 7 college applications submitted!

The seniors at the Collins Campus have submitted 492 applications which means that we are over halfway to our goal of 950 applications (10 per student)!

37 students have already been accepted into college.

Most exciting, the seniors have received over 1 million dollars in scholarships, $1,073,200 to be exact!


NLCP Partner Colleges: Colby Sawyer


Colby Sawyer College is a private liberal arts school located in New Hampshire. The first two years at Colby Sawyer students are able to explore various interdisciplinary courses called Pathways as opposed to completing core requirements.  Over 98 percent of the student population participates in one or more internships in their field of study. Additionally, students complete a Capstone project demonstrating the knowledge they have gained in their major much like NLCP's senior project.



North Lawndale has developed a partnership with Colby Sawyer enabling our students to apply for the Progressive Scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition for four years.  We had seven students apply for the progressive scholarship.



Please join us in congratulating this year's seniors for their acceptance and scholarships to Colby Sawyer:


Westley Johnson, - Progressive Scholarship totaling over $149,000 for four years

Moesha Miller - Progressive Scholarship totaling over $149,000 for four years

Shania Peterson - Progressive Scholarship totaling over $149,000 for four years

Diamond Williams - Progressive Scholarship totaling over $149,000 for four years

Niecole Banks, Early Action plus  Presidential Scholarship totaling  $84,000 for four years

Deanna Miles, Early Action plus Chargers Scholarship totaling $76,000 for four years

Kayla Washington, Early Action plus Presidential Scholarship totaling $84,000 for four years

Chicago Scholars


19 NLCP Juniors attended a Chicago Scholars workshop in February.  The program gives applicants an early look at scholarship opportunities in Chicago and beyond.

NLCP Scholar Applicants - Seizing The Available Opportunities !
Selected students officially become Chicago Scholars the summer prior to their senior year of high school.  In July, they begin monthly college access workshops; meet with an adult mentor who works with small cohorts of 3-7 Scholars along with one or two other mentors; and numerous social networking opportunities that develop Scholars' social and cultural capital for college. Nearly all Scholars are admitted to a college of their choice 'onsite' -  at the late October Onsite Admissions Forum, a live college admissions event that enables them to advocate for themselves.  Afterwards, Scholars can still apply to other colleges.  As a team the Scholars share and discuss financial aid and the transition to college.