Seniors at Chicago’s Johnson College Prep are going to college for free next year

CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s a second these Chicago college students will always remember: the announcement they are going to all go to college for free.

”60 Minutes” captured the joy within the spring.

On Thursday, the seniors returned to Johnson College Prep for the primary day of their last year in highschool they usually’re nonetheless buzzing about that shock. More from CBS 2’s Irika Sargent.

Somewhat greater than the standard again to college hoopla at a faculty that acquired consideration for all the fitting causes earlier this year. Hope Chicago shocked the scholars with an enormous announcement: All 500 college students may go to college and never pay a penny.

While Thursday was business as standard, as the scholars buzzed across the hallways, pleasure continues to be within the air.

“It feels amazing to go to college for free.”

Senior Alissa Martin desires of changing into a pediatric surgeon. She can now plan her college career with out worrying about money.

“Knowing that other people want to see me succeed and want to see me get through college and have a career, it makes me feel supported,” Martin stated.

“I was shocked.”

Jeremy Mitchell can also be college certain, additionally for free. The budding entrepreneur will always remember that fateful day. 

“It’s kind of like an Oprah moment. Like ‘you get a car! You get a car!’ But instead of a car, it’s for college. And then the balloons and the streamers are coming down. Everybody’s like ‘yeah! I just couldn’t believe it.”

“If I wasn’t going to get a full ride, I don’t think I would have gone to college. Now that I am given the opportunity, I can say 100% sure I’m going to college,” Mitchell stated.

That’s not all. The scholarships apply each to the scholars and their mother and father. Both Alissa and Jeremy stated their mothers might go to college now as nicely.

“She’s just been talking about us graduating at the same time and she’s been talking about us walking across the stage at the same time,” Mitchell stated.

The Englewood college’s principal, Jonas Cleaves, calls the scholarship meeting probably the most wonderful second of his career. He had to preserve the key for a month forward of time and now’s thrilled the entire world is aware of.

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“It feels amazing knowing I have the opportunity to go to college for free and not worry about debt or stress of paying for school,” added Martin.

The college students in Englewood discovered within the spring they’re going to get absolutely paid tuition, room, board and costs.

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