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Senn Students Hold Scholarship Fundraiser For Undocumented Classmates


Photo: Senn Facebook

Last year, the student council at Nicholas Senn High School started a new scholarship program to help students who weren’t eligible for federal financial aid pay for college.

Through various activities, the students raised $3,000 and that was then split between two graduating seniors. One of those students planned to attend Loyola University Chicago — Lake Shore Campus.

“I’m very happy and very grateful that I got the scholarship,” Almudena Rincon said last summer. “I think it was a great idea for the scholarship. I know that Senn will continue it in the next years, and it will definitely benefit other students like me.”

This Saturday, Edgewater community members, parents, students and others will be able to help the student council raise more money for this year’s scholarship program with a community pasta dinner.

The event, from 5 to 7 p.m., will be held at 5900 N. Glenwood Ave. Visitors are asked to enter through Door No. 4.

Tickets are $15 for those who are 13 years old and older, and $5 for those who are 12 years old and younger.

Senn High School’s student council started the scholarship program last year because it wanted to be able to help students who weren’t eligible for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to attend college, Alexander Roi, a guidance counselor at the school who is also the student council coordinator, told EVB in July.

The office of Federal Student Aid, which reviews FAFSA applications, provides grants, loans and work-study funds for college or career school. As part of the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.

But students who are undocumented, who are not permanent residents, or who do not fit other, specific requirements are not allowed to apply for federal student aid. This means they are missing out on $150 billion in federal grants, loans and work-study funds each year.

For more information on Senn’s scholarship program, contact Roi at asroi@cps.edu.

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