Treasurer Summers to Award Black History Month Scholarship to Phillips Academy Student


Office of the City Treasurer
Kurt A. Summers

Treasurer Summers to Award Black History Month Scholarship to Phillips Academy Student


For Immediate Release
February 24, 2017

Contact: Alexandra Trumbull
Director of Public Affairs and Communications

CHICAGO – On February 27th, City Treasurer Kurt Summers will award a $2,500 Black History Month Scholarship to a student from Wendell Phillips Academy in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. The student will use this scholarship to help support his first year as an undergraduate at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where he will be playing football for the Wesleyan Cardinals and major in economics and minor in data analysis.

The Treasurer will present the scholarship check to the student at 8:30 a.m.

The annual scholarship contest, sponsored by the Treasurer’s Office in partnership with BMO Harris, is open to all Chicago Public Schools seniors and requires no minimum grade point average. Students must plan on attending college this fall and are required to write an essay on a topic related to Black History Month. In addition to an articulate essay, academic standing and extracurricular involvement is taken into consideration.

The 2017 essay question was: In the 1960’s, the Civil Rights movement brought issues such as voting rights, desegregation, and equal protection under the law for African Americans to the forefront. How do you think America has changed since the 1960’s? Where have you seen the most/least progress? Finally, as a young person, you are the future of our nation. What do you think is the most pressing issue of our time? If you could tackle this issue in your lifetime, how would you do it?

The scholarship winner writes that he has seen the least progress in American unity and the most progress in faith among African Americans in our country since the 1960’s. He believes the most pressing issue of our time is the lack of education and opportunities for youth and the importance of creating positive environments for Chicago’s children.

“This is the 10th year the Treasurer’s Office has awarded a scholarship to a talented senior within Chicago Public Schools and I am honored to present this scholarship to a Wendell Phillips Academy student,” Treasurer Summers said. “It is clear from his academic and extracurricular involvement that he is a leader in his community. Learning about his college plans and goals, I am certain he will be a great representation of Chicago at the prestigious Wesleyan University.”

Questions about this event should be directed to Alexandra Trumbull at or 312-744-3363.

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