Our mission is to offer scholarships to underprivileged students in an effort to ease their financial transition from high school 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 was born several years ago after my daughter and I began her quest for college. After applying and visiting various colleges in the US, my daughter chose to attend Spelman College located in Atlanta, Georgia. Oblivious to the expenses of attending this prestigious institution, I could not discourage her, but rather encourage her to pursue her dream of going away to college.
Several weeks after my daughter moved into her dorm, she received a letter from the school's financial aid office informing her that a percentage of her tuition was due immediately. Putting God first and knowing that he did not bring us this far to leave us, I was beyond thankful when blessings started to pour in from every direction and all of our debts and worries were no longer an issue.
Although I had overcome my personal battle, which I am truly thankful for, I could not help but wonder about other single parents who were also going through similar situations. I wanted to assist those who were not as fortunate as we were to fund their child's education.
Through all the struggles, I founded The Rise Foundation of Illinois. With this organization, I plan to not only provide resources for children of single-family households but also offer resources and workshops to help educate more single parents during the college planning process. My vision is to one day see every family who comes through our program become empowered by their own success and know that they too can rise against all odds.
-Christine Tyler, Founder & President
President and CEO
Christine is a single mom of four daughters, all of which were born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, residing in the Englewood community. Christine has been employed with the Chicago Public Schools for 17 years and is currently studying Business at Olivet Nazarene University. As a single parent, Christine has always encouraged her daughters to do their best in school and to seek higher learning. Christine hopes to inspire other single parents through The Rise Foundation and to make them more aware of the opportunities available to them and their children.
Read about Christine and her daughter on the Peace Corps site.