Mayor Rahm Emanuel has joined Robert Morris University Illinois (RMU) and Chicago Public Schools in announcing a unique partnership and significant scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors. The New ERA Scholarship offered through RMU will engage 300 students in college and career opportunities over the next six years. RMU will also partner with Wells High School to offer dual credit courses and college readiness experiences to high school students.

“The commitment RMU has shown to Chicago students is yet another example of how we can work together to invest in Chicago’s future and provide students with the resources necessary for a brighter future,” said Mayor Emanuel. “By making the right investments to put our children’s futures first, we can help more of them reach the graduation stage and to reach their potential.”

The New ERA Scholarship will be jointly funded by RMU and private philanthropists, jumpstarted by a donation from the The Alter Group. The vision for the New ERA Scholarship is to transform lives and Chicago communities by helping to ensure graduation and employment opportunities for 300 low-income African American students from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) over the next six years.

The announcement of this scholarship coincides with a new partnership formed between RMU and Wells High School. Located at 936 N. Ashland, Wells is the second CPS school to take part in a partnership program with Robert Morris. Initiated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the program provides college credit and higher education experiences for high school students through dual credit courses, as well as hands-on college readiness experiences, campus visits, seminars and mentorship programs with RMU. The university expects to start the program with Wells in 2018. Steinmetz High School on the city’s northwest side is in the second year of its partnership with RMU.

The presence of RMU at Wells also provides students with greater awareness of the New ERA Scholarship and the RMU commitment to educating students for promising careers.

“Good jobs change lives. The New ERA Scholarship allows RMU to create real impact in Chicago by educating students and putting them on a path for employment success,” said Mablene Krueger, President of Robert Morris University. “We are honored and humbled through this initial gift from the Michael Alter family to dramatically increase the impact of RMU through additional donations in the near future.”

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