8 students get free ride to Roosevelt U.

June 8, 2009 (CHICAGO) School officials made the announcement Monday morning.

In 2006, the university president made a promise to the first ever freshman class from Social Justice High School: They would get a scholarship if they received at least a 3.0 grade point average and a score of 20 or better on the ACT.

In most cases, the value of the scholarship exceeds $80,000.

"I'm just very excited and very nervous at the same time to start the new school year, something that for my family would have been hard, especially because I am first generation to go to college and graduate high school, so I'm very proud of that," said Veronica Gonzalez, scholarship recipient.

The students will also receive housing awards and live in the University Center of Chicago residence hall.

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