15 eighth-graders chosen for 15th Gale Scholars class

From The Register-Mail:
Kidd and Ricks, along with 13 other Churchill and Lombard Middle School eighth-graders, were selected through a competitive application process based on their attendance records, grades and an interview.

Throughout high school and college, they will be required to maintain academic excellence, participate in community service and take advantage of mentoring and career planning opportunities. In return, they will receive a two-year, tuition-waiver scholarship to CSC and another two-year, full scholarship to Knox.

New to the program, which began in 1996 and will graduate 15 as of this June, eligible students may qualify to directly enroll at Knox College after graduating from GHS.

Les Hunter, director of the program, told the inductees that the certificate they received Tuesday is a “ticket to opportunity” and a tuition-free college degree.

“It won’t make you any better or any smarter than anyone else,” said Hunter. “But I do believe it gives you opportunities that those without a college degree will not have.”

Knox College President Roger Taylor, who was presented with a Gale Scholar award and medallion of his own Tuesday, gave the keynote address, reminding the inductees of the lifetime of privilege that will come from having the additional educational opportunities, including “the flexibility to successfully compete in the world.”