Urban Prep celebrates seniors' college plans

May 15, 2012 2:35:30 PM PDT
For the third year, 100 percent of Urban Prep Academies' seniors have been accepted into a four-year college or university. The Chicago White Sox joined the seniors Tuesday at 'signing day' as they committed to college. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel was also on hand to support the class.

Urban Prep's mission is to provide a high-quality, college prep education to young men that results in them succeeding in college. The Urban Prep motto is "we believe."

"The future is theirs for the taking," said Tim King, Urban Prep CEO and president.

During a ceremony at U.S. Cellular Field, the seniors put on ball caps and announced where each of them is going to college.

Donnell Wright selected the University of Virginia.

"I am going to go in as liberal arts but I intend to major in international business," said Wright.

"There are so many opportunities out there for me," said senior Marcus Woods.

Urban Prep's mission is to make college a reality for African-American males from tough, low-income neighborhoods.

Jermaine Taylor is grateful to the school for giving him the tools he needs to grow.

"Urban Prep is a wonderful place for someone like myself," said Taylor. "It provides a family-oriented environment."

One hundred and thirty nine colleges courted the students and they received close to $4 million in scholarships and grants.

"We want the public to recognize that these guys are going places and that they're serious about their futures and serious about their education," said King.

King said that once the students leave for college they continue to be monitored until they complete their higher education.

Jarrett Roby was courted by many schools and selected Georgetown University where he received a four-year scholarship.

"I want to major in biology and have aspirations to become a doctor," said Roby.

Following the ceremony students were invited to attend the game between the Detroit Tigers and the White Sox.

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