By Antonio Garcia
Harold Washington’s Student Government Association has raised $100 for its first-ever scholarship, following a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings Oct. 16.
In addition to the funds raised by the Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser, SGA was able to secure donations from Chik-Fil-A in the form of gift cards and “other prizes.”
While the final value of the scholarship has not been finalized because of ongoing fundraising, the scholarship will be awarded in May.
For students to apply, they must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and be enrolled at the college as a full-time or part-time student.
“I wanted to start this because I myself was illegal most of my life and was never eligible for scholarships; I am a part-time student and most scholarships require you to be full-time to be eligible, that is not the case with ours,” said SGA President Samer Hassan.“This is an ongoing effort and we’re constantly finding new ways to raise those funds.”
In addition to SGA’s partnership efforts, the college recently approached the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation to further its goal in “identifying funding sources to support innovation aligned to the [college’s] strategic direction.”
The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation makes grants in the areas of conservation, performing arts and social causes, according to its website.
Interim-President Ignacio Lopez highlighted the importance of fundraising efforts for the college as a whole, in an October meeting.
“We are now, as an executive team, starting to dabble in this conversation,” he said. “We want to be be able to have a proactive voice as we lean into bringing additional funds to Harold Washington College.”