LANSING, Ill. (October 7, 2023) – Thornton Fractional South High School hosted the Annual HORUS Academy scholarship fair for the first time on Tuesday, October 3, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event was free and open to the public.
The fair featured over 40 colleges and programs offering on-the-spot scholarships and admissions, including Purdue University and the University of Kentucky. Various trade schools and the U.S. Military were also present.
Over 100 juniors and seniors from TF South attended the fair.
HORUS awarded students with scholarships, ranging from $80,000 to $14,000. A few students received on-the-spot full ride scholarships.
Tuesday’s fair, as well as the one on September 27, are a part of TF South’s initiative to get more students of color admitted into college.
“Since the Supreme Court struck down affirmative action, we feel it is imperative that we invite college reps from across the U.S. that want students of color in their schools and are willing to come out to our community and offer student on-the-spot admission and scholarships,” said Angela Shama, Professional School Counselor at TF South.
Shama encouraged students in attendance to look at their options by speaking to college and trade school reps.
“When students talk to the reps and they get admitted or recruited, it builds their confidence,” said Shama.
HORUS Scholars at HORUS Academy
HORUS Scholars is a program of HORUS Academy, a 501c3 committed to education, empowerment, economic development, and equitable opportunities for historically marginalized youth and businesses.
The academy, which is based in Tampa, Florida, recently expanded their education services by bringing their scholarship fair to several states in the United States including Illinois and Missouri.
“HORUS Scholars’ goal is to provide students and their parents with the resources that [students] need to be successful in their post-secondary education,” said Dr. Laura Dorsey, Executive Director of HORUS scholars.
“We acknowledge that everyone doesn’t want to go to college but for those who do want to go to college, we provide them with scholarship resources,” Dr. Dorsey continued. “For those who don’t [want to go to college] we offer all types of trade [school] options.
The fair made a stop at Dunbar High School in Chicago on October 4 before leaving Illinois.
More information on the HORUS Scholars fair schedule can be found at horusscholars.org.