Treasurer Summers Awards Black History Month Scholarship To Phoenix Military Academy Student

Phoenix Military Academy student Kayla Webster receives $2,500 Black History Month Scholarship to support her first year as an undergraduate student

CHICAGO – Earlier today, City Treasurer Kurt Summers awarded a $2,500 Black History Month Scholarship to Kayla Webster, a student from Phoenix Military Academy High School in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. Webster will use this scholarship to help support her first year as an undergraduate student at a four-year college or university, where she hopes to study international business and law.

At Phoenix Military Academy, Webster co-founded the Black Student Union and served as an editor of the school’s newspaper and yearbook. Webster has been on the school’s honor roll for each of the last three years.

“I was struck by Kayla’s insights into the consequences of lack of education funding for communities of color, specifically the school-to-prison pipeline,” Treasurer Summers said. “Growing up in Bronzeville, I saw some of the same challenges affecting my school and my community. It was inspiring for me to read about Kayla’s hope for equitable education funding and strong communal support, ensuring that young people of color can lift themselves up and achieve their personal and professional aspirations.”

Corliss Garner, Vice President of Diverse Markets at BMO Harris Bank, added: “Each year, the Black History Month Scholarship gives us an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to the communities that we serve. We were excited to learn about Kayla’s passion for justice and equity in under-resourced communities. We couldn’t have thought of a more deserving scholarship recipient, and we wish her all the best in her education and career.”

The annual scholarship contest is open to all Chicago Public Schools seniors and requires applicants to write an essay on a topic related to Black History Month. The 2018 essay question was as follows: “What is a key issue that people in your community face that often goes unnoticed? What role can public and private investments in your community play in addressing that issue? How can you play a positive role in shaping those investments?”

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