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One Million Degrees Launching Comprehensive Scholarship Program at South Suburban College This Fall

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By: South Suburban College Media

One Million Degrees (OMD) Chicago, a nonprofit organization that empowers low-income, highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, in work, and in life—is expanding to South Suburban College (SSC). The organization is currently recruiting Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) residents who will be enrolled full-time at SSC in fall 2018 to enroll in the OMD scholarship program.

Eligible students must be HACC residents or voucher recipients, have a 1.8 GPA or higher, be enrolled full-time in fall 2018, apply and receive the Pell grant, and qualify for in-district tuition at SSC. Students (“scholars”) enrolled in the program will receive access to OMD’s comprehensive on-campus supports, including free tutoring, monthly mentoring from a volunteer professional, career development services, and up to $1,000 annually in cash stipends. The SSC Foundation is providing “last dollar” scholarship funding in the form of books and the balance of tuition for program participants.

“This is truly a unique opportunity to earn a college degree with the help of an incredible support system, with no out of pocket costs, and with the ability to easily earn additional stipends,” said Patrick Rush, Executive Director, SSC Foundation. “SSC is pleased to partner with OMD and HACC, and we encourage residents who are ready to commit to achieving your college goals to apply as soon as possible.”

There are limited spots available so current and prospective SSC students are encouraged to apply today at or contact Neal Spann at [email protected].

To work with the expanded student populations at SSC, OMD is recruiting volunteer mentors (“coaches”) to provide monthly in-person professional guidance and supports. OMD Coaches provide one-on-one and small-group professional and personal support throughout the academic year, while helping broaden scholars’ horizons of career aspirations and possibilities. Coaches are supported with ongoing training by OMD, and also have opportunities to connect with fellow coaches to expand their own professional networks. Coaches give just a few hours each month and make a profound difference in the lives of OMD Scholars.

Current and retired professionals from a variety of fields are encouraged to apply today to become a volunteer coach, which has a one academic year (September – May) commitment. Applications are now open at

OMD provides a variety of holistic supports—financial assistance, mentoring, academic interventions and professional development—to hundreds of community college students each year. OMD Scholars graduate from college at over two times the national average. Upon completion, its scholars transfer to four-year colleges and universities to earn their bachelor’s degrees and enter the workforce in high-demand fields, such as health care, IT and engineering. In the 2018-2019 academic year, OMD will serve up to 850 scholars across all of its program locations including South Suburban College.

For more information about all of SSC’s programs, admissions and registration, please visit or contact the Admissions Office at 708-210-5718.