"Stay 4"Project ®

  • The Great Plains LIFE Foundation works with some 90 low-income high school students annually.
  • These students face poverty, abuse, homelessness, and many grow up in family environments that include parents who themselves have dropped out, are involved in ongoing crime, frequently serve jail time, and suffer from drug and alcohol addictions.
  • A surprising number of these high school students are the primary breadwinners in the family and work 30-40 hours/week while attending school.
  • These difficulties can keep them from graduating, continuing their education, and becoming self sufficient citizens in our communities.
  • The foundation's "Stay 4" project was developed to address the drop out crisis and help these students. 
  • Selected by the high school districts at the beginning of their junior year, students are required to fulfill criteria focusing on academics, community service, and extracurricular activities during their junior and senior year.
  • "Stay 4" makes students aware of educational opportunities through field trips to area colleges, and connect students with advisers who assist them in finding the necessary financial aid and scholarships for college. 
  • This unique program plays a major role in addressing an unmet need and helps assist students through their critical first year which can determine long term success or failure. 
  • More than 400 students have been a part of the "Stay 4" Project and 97% of them have graduated from high school; most the first in their families to do so, and nearly all are first generation college students. 
  • More than 200 of these students have continued their education, been a part of their University's Honors Programs, and have received both graduate and undergraduate degrees from 35+ colleges.

School Districts currently participating in                  Stay 4 Project

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Normal, IL 61701


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