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100 students accepted to college


CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago) returns by bus at approximately 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon April 6 with 100 Chicago high school seniors who travelled to Talladega College in Alabama to visit the college and apply for admission. Leaving Chicago Thursday evening and then leaving Alabama Friday evening to return to Chicago, Rep. Ford joined Community Recovery Network to accompany the students to visit the college.

Headed by Executive Director Hedy Ellison, the Community Recovery Network is a community organization focused on connecting disadvantaged families and youth with opportunities to excel and a voice to make a difference. This year’s tour is their 2nd annual tour. “Our goal is to overshadow the negativity and violence that is plaguing our communities with the love and grace of a Higher Power, and uniting communities to empower and inspire our future leaders,” said Ellison.

“It is an honor to join Community Recovery Network and over 100 Chicago Public School seniors to tour Alabama’s oldest HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities),” said Ford. “With the record number of school closures and huge disparities in the numbers of African Americans being accepted to 4 year colleges when compared to other ethnic and racial groups, it was great to be part of having students see what options are open to them. It was great to meet with President Dr. Billy Hawkins of Talladega College, and it was exciting to hear the president’s commitment to meet the needs of the families in Illinois and increase college enrollment to help reduce the college enrollment disparities we see for African Americans in Chicago. We are excited that over 100 Chicago students from the West and South Sides of Chicago celebrated the end of the tour with a letter of acceptance to Talladega College, and 9 students received the Presidential Scholarship for a full ride,” said Ford.

Ford hopes that the media and the community will greet and encourage the students when they arrive back in Chicago at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at Fellowship Baptist Church, 4543 S. Princeton Ave, Chicago, 60609.

Contact Rep. Ford at 773-416-4663 with questions.

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