Our motto: "No child should be left behind nor turned around due to a lack of funding to go away to college."
The Rise Foundation of Illinois is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization designed to provide resourceful, informative services to educate students and their parents on ways to build a brighter future. Our mission is to offer scholarships and leadership training to underserved students of single parent households in efforts to ease the financial transition from high school into an institution of higher learning.
Our institution was put in to place to help give those students that would otherwise be overlooked, a chance on an equal playing field with their peers.
“THE RISE FOUNDATION HAS HELPED ME MENTALLY PREPARE FOR ALL THAT COLLEGE HAS TO OFFER AS WELL AS HELPED ME FILL OUT A NUMER OF COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS IN AN EFFORT TO PAY MY TUITION. IN ADDITION, WALMART, A SPONSOR OF THE RISE FOUNDATION, HELPED FURNISH MY DORM ROOM WHICH HELPED ME SAVE MONEY ON DOOM ROOM SUPPLIES."
DAMARI GANDY / UIC / '2016
"ONE OF THE REASONS I JOINED THE RISE FOUNDATION WAS TO INTERACT WITH MY PEOPLE. I WENT TO A PREDOMINATELY WHITE HIGH SCHOOL AND IT'S HARD TO RELATED TO PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT LIKE ME. I"M NOT FROM THE INNER CITY, I"M FOMD THE SUBURBS AND I WANTED TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THAT. WE HAVE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER, GROW, AND LEARN WITH EACH OTHER. I LOVE BEING A PART OF GIRLS IN PEARLS AND THE RISE FOUNDATION BECAUSE IT'S A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO GROW AND LEARN." Watch Video
ALEXIS BROWN / '2020