First male Gale Scholars student graduates Knox College

From the Register-Mail:

Twenty-four-year-old Chris Carpenter is the first male nominated for the George Washington Gale Scholars program to graduate Knox College.

“I would not have been able to graduate without my mom (Dorothy Day),” he said. “She always made sure I had everything that I needed.”

The program — a cooperative agreement among Galesburg District 205, Carl Sandburg and Knox colleges — began in 1996.

Every year since, up to 15 eighth-graders from low-income families or whose parents do not have college degrees are nominated for the program.

Upon graduating from Galesburg High School, Gale Scholars are given tuition waivers for two years at CSC and then two years at Knox.

To remain in the program, one must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and complete 20 hours of community service.

Three years after the program began, Carpenter became a Gale Scholar.

“I was always a gifted student and it was nice to know I had college paid for,” he said. “Mr. (Steve) Cheesman told me Knox was the Harvard of the Midwest and encouraged me to join.”