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Beatrice M., Mother

Thank you for awarding our children the Empower Illinois Scholarship for the Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 school year. It is truly a blessing. The feeling of happiness overwhelmed me...

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Tamika N., Mother

I would like to thank you for your generous donation, and express my sincere gratitude for the scholarship we were awarded. With this scholarship my son has been able to...

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Elvira R., Mother

The school my sons were attending was closing, leaving them in educational limbo. We thought of getting into a wonderful, private school but knew that the tuition would be out...

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Allyssa N., Mother

Thank you so much for the opportunity you gave to our son. We could never afford to send him to the amazing private school he is currently attending because of...

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Jada O., Student

When I was in the public middle school, it was difficult because I didn’t understand the things that they taught. Like in my math class, they taught math one way...

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Brianna Y., Student

Both my parents came here at a young age. They’re immigrants and they wanted something better for us. They wanted something better for their families. Before we started receiving financial...

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Jasmine B., Mother

Jasmine is the mother of three students at St. Patrick Catholic School in Springfield. Two of her kids had attended public schools, but she felt they were just a number,...

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Theresa G., Mother

As a single mother of five children, I am forever grateful to Empower Illinois. While my oldest has graduated, my four daughters were in limbo this past school year. My...

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Angela M., Mother

Without the Empower Illinois scholarship, I would not be able to afford to send my children to a great school. I am a single mother of two children. My son...

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Michael T., Grandfather

As a single grandparent of two school children it is very difficult to provide them with all the tools and some basic items they require to be healthy and successful....

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