HighSight is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support to low-income students attending Catholic and private high schools in Chicago, providing scholarships, tutoring, leadership development, and support in accessing the top tiers of colleges. The HighSight experience empowers scholars to excel in high school and graduate from four-year colleges across the country.
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HighSight identifies prospective applicants through a network of schools, programs and community based organizations. Students from Chicago submit applications in the winter of their eighth-grade year. Finalists and their parents are interviewed by the selection committee. Qualifying students are awarded partial four-year scholarships based upon financial need, character, attitude and academic potential.
Some of the HighSight programs include:
• Four-Year High School Scholarships – HighSight provides supplemental scholarships for eighth-grade students to attend quality private high schools in Chicago.
• Academic Support – HighSight scholars meet three times a week with adult volunteer tutors, while staff monitor progress and provide personal support.
• Summer Learning & Leadership Development Programs – Summer experiences for HighSight Freshman, Sophomore, and Juniors provide academic skills-building, team-building, and personal leadership development.
• International & Other Independent Learning Programs – All of the rising Seniors participate in rich summer learning experiences, including discovery programs in nations around the world or enrichment on college campuses or at elite boarding schools.
• Project College – These students receive full-tuition scholarships to attend four-year colleges across the country. These motivated students must maintain above a 3.3 grade point average and live in households with an annual income less than $50,000.
• Insight Middle School Program – The Insight program provides educational and social support to middle school students in Chicago, meeting weekly to support the student’s academics and personal development throughout the school year.
Their mission goes beyond awarding scholarships. HighSight challenges its scholars academically and socially to meet the demands of high school and prepare them to succeed in college and in life. HighSight scholars show a desire to get an excellent high school education, are committed to their future, are willing to work hard, graduate from a very selective college, and give back to their community.
• Become a tutor – HighSight is looking for college graduates to support the students during one of three weekly sessions. Tutors focus on test preparation, study habits and organizational skills while assisting students with their assigned homework. Contact Jesus Gomez at 312.787.9824 x 229 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• Corporate Sponsorship – The financial support provided by Corporate Sponsors is crucial to the success of all fundraising events, and the scholars depend on it. To promote your company and reach the thousands of guests who attend the fundraisers, please contact Patty Hart at 312.787.9824 x 228 or email@example.com.
• Donate online or by mail – No matter what size, every contribution is important. Your gift will be extremely instrumental in providing scholarships, tutoring, mentoring, leadership development and college readiness programs that will enable scholars to attend and succeed at the private high school of their choice. Donate HERE.
Founding the not-for-profit:
HighSight was founded in the spring of 1992 as a response to assist the alumni of St. Joseph Elementary School in Chicago’s Near North Side neighborhood. Two of the school’s volunteer tutors were determined to make a difference in the lives of these students, most of whom were encountering the ills of urban life and underachieving in high school. The goal was to help seven students graduate from high school. After a few years of functioning entirely on a volunteer basis, the organization succeeded beyond its original dreams and in 1995 began life as its own tax-exempt organization.
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