We were proud to award $12,000 in 2018 Learn to Dream Scholarships to eight deserving Chicago high school seniors.
My name is Aaliyah Gray and I will be attending Malcom X on a pathway to transfer to a 4 year university to study physical therapy. I choose this college because it was the smartest decision for me financially. Also, I will still be able to have a college experience all while pursing my dreams of becoming a physical therapist. My passion is to help people. I enjoy science and learning about the body. In my recent school years I participated in dance and cheerleading as my favorite sports. Without the extra help of my support system from my mom, family members, friends, counselors and Breakthrough I would have given up and not went to college at all. But it doesn’t stop there! Throughout the next four years I will have an additional support system from A Boy And His Dream Foundation with my new mentor so I will always have more support and motivation in my corner. I want to thank everybody for motivating me through the difficulties of finding a school and giving me the courage to keep trying!
I’m from the Englewood community in the south side of Chicago. I’ll be attending Calvin College this fall to further pursue my basketball career while also double majoring in Economics and Political Science. I hope to later on be a Lawyer and some how give back to both the south and west side of Chicago.
My name is Avery Curry. I grew up in East Garfield Park on Chicago’s west side. I graduated from Westinghouse College Prep and I’ll be attending Converse College in Spartanburg, SC in the fall. I’m planning to major in Economics & I’m also on the basketball team. After earning my degree in Economics I want to return to Chicago and help raise money for non-profits. I’m so excited to be a part a recipient of A Boy And His Dream scholarship. I’m beyond grateful for this opportunity and I can’t wait to start this new journey in my life!
I’m Elijah Crump, a recent graduate from George Westinghouse College Prep and will be attending Knox College in the fall. There I will be studying Environmental Science as well as Playing Basketball.
My name is Jordan Alexander Huff. I am a winner of A Boy and His Dream Scholarship. I grew up on the west and south side of Chicago raised by both parents Michelle and Virgil Huff. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. I have two brothers Virgil Huff Jr. and Armani Robertson.
I attended school in the west suburbs for the majority of my life. I was enrolled in McKinley Elementary school. I was the school Vice President, captain of the basketball team, and received the School Citizen of the Year. Later, I attended Roosevelt middle school playing football and basketball. I played pop warner football for the memorial park Spartans in Bellwood, IL. We played on ESPN live for the championship game finishing in 2nd place in 2008. I transitioned to high school at Proviso West for 2 years and transferred to Urban Prep West for the last two years of my high school career. I was a Leader in the classroom and in sports.
I received 10 acceptance letters from variety of colleges, and ultimately decided to go to Western Illinois University to follow the family tradition. I’m currently going into my 5th, and last year of college with a Liberal arts and science major.
I currently work at Bridgeway Inc. helping individuals with mental illnesses and disabilities in Macomb,IL where I do lots of community service. I strive to graduate college, aspire to establish a business of my own, and create new opportunities for my family and my community. The most important thing is to follow my dreams and become the best person that I can be for myself and others. I know I have younger kids and even friends and family looking up to me. I have to set the standard high showing them that anything is attainable as long as you push yourself to success no one can stop you.
My name is Kyle Williams and I am going to be a Freshman at Knox College. At Knox, I will be majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Journalism. My desire is to become a Sports Journalists and work with some of my idols and help pave the way for other African American Journalists. Because of this passion, I have been able to be a part of HoopsHigh which is a part of After School Matters and has allowed me to cover the McDonald's American Game, and attend the Joakim Noah 'Rock your Drop' Foundation. After Knox, I will hope to attend Northwestern for my Masters.
My name is Corinthian Fields, I graduated in 2018 from Westinghouse College Prep. I’m 17 years old. I grew up On the west side of Chicago and participated in the sport of basketball almost all of my life and throughout high school and I did a great job in school and earned over a 3.0 at the end of my high school career. I am very fortunate and blessed to receive a scholarship from a boy and his dream foundation.