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"Stay 4" Project ®

All about the program enabling the academic success for at-risk students

"Stay 4"Project ®

What is "Stay 4"?
"Stay 4" is a program designed to identify, help, and retain students who demonstrate the ability to succeed, yet are considered to be at risk of dropping out of high school.

 

After completing the criteria for "Stay 4" program, high school graduation, and enrollment in a trade school, community college, or four-year university, students will be awarded a minimum $1,000 grant from Great Plains LIFE Foundation to support their continuing educational efforts which may include tuition, rent, lab fees, food, textbooks, computers, and even winter clothing.

For more information, contact us at gplife@stay4.org

The Great Plains LIFE Foundation works with around 90 low-income high school students annually. These students face poverty, abuse, homelessness, and are have vulnerable communities and family environments.
 
Their lives are impacted by a community including parents who dropped out of school, ongoing crime and imprisonment, and members facing drug and alcohol addictions. Many students in these communities work 30-40 hours a week while attending school to help provide for their families. 
 
The daily challenges these students face can keep them from graduating, continuing their education, and being able to overcome a cycle of hardship. The "Stay 4" project was developed to address the drop out rate among at-risk students by assisting in further education funds and access to resources within the community.
Students from participating districts are selected at the beginning of their junior year. They 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.

PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Urbana District #116

Olympia CUSD #16

Ridgeview CUSD #19

McLean County Unit District #5

Bloomington District #87

Champaign Unit District #44

Decatur District #61

Pekin District #108

Peoria District #150

Regional Alternative School

Rockford District #205

Normal Community Unit 5

Where have "Stay 4" Project students gone?

Eureka College

Loyola University

Rock Valley College

Florida A&M

Millikin University

Texas A&M

Heartland College

Parkland College

Triton College

Richland College

University of Houston

Eastern Illinois University

Bradley University

Benedictine University

University of Iowa

University of Missouri

University of IL-Chicago

Iowa Wesleyan University

Roosevelt University

Southeastern Community College

Northern Illinois University

DeVry University

Black Hawk College

University of Chicago

Lincoln Land Community College

University of Illinois

University of IL-Springfield

Illinois College

SIU-Edwardsville

Southern Illinois University

University of Louisville

Concordia University

Purdue University

University of Northern Texas

Rockford University

Arizona State University

Rust College

Robert Morris University

Illinois State University

University of Southern Indiana

Harvard University

Rend Lake College

Carthage College

Western Illinois University

Grambling University

Georgia State University

Indiana State University

University of DeSoto

Some of Our 2020 student Graduates

Carlisha A. photo

Carlisha A. photo

Edwin Rodriguez-Urbana-IL

Edwin Rodriguez-Urbana-IL

A. Stenger-Richwoods

A. Stenger-Richwoods

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Gabrielle%20Kaeb-Grad%20photo_edited

Aniyah Smith-Eisenhower

Aniyah Smith-Eisenhower

Alexander Mercado-Jefferson

Alexander Mercado-Jefferson

Autumn Cohan-MacArthur

Autumn Cohan-MacArthur

Devangana Rana-UHS

Devangana Rana-UHS

G. Johnson-Pekin

G. Johnson-Pekin

Jamelia Morris-Jefferson

Jamelia Morris-Jefferson

J. Robinson-Peoria H.S.

J. Robinson-Peoria H.S.

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IMG_20200122_100016

Israd Mpeko-NCHS

Israd Mpeko-NCHS

Gage Codding-OHS

Gage Codding-OHS

Geary Moore BHS

Geary Moore BHS

Janiah Rungren-East

Janiah Rungren-East

Jazmin Enriquez-Central H.S.

Jazmin Enriquez-Central H.S.

Jonathan Mushengezi

Jonathan Mushengezi

Kenneth Holdman-NCHS

Kenneth Holdman-NCHS

Joshua Beverly NCWH.S.

Joshua Beverly NCWH.S.

Kyaria Cotton-Eisenhower

Kyaria Cotton-Eisenhower

Tyler Stone-OHS

Tyler Stone-OHS

T. Kapoor-Pekin (2) (1)

T. Kapoor-Pekin (2) (1)

Quincenia Jackson-MacArthur

Quincenia Jackson-MacArthur

Mackenzi Williams - Eisenhower

Mackenzi Williams - Eisenhower

M. Rudloff-Pekin

M. Rudloff-Pekin

L. Gonzalez-Peoria H.S.

L. Gonzalez-Peoria H.S.

Sal Rodriguez BHS

Sal Rodriguez BHS

Salma Thabet-East

Salma Thabet-East

Shyterra Simms-Guilford

Shyterra Simms-Guilford

William Key-Auburn

William Key-Auburn

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