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Steve Cheesman, Program Director

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George Washington Gale Scholar ProgramKnox College is very active in the community. We are especially proud of the George Washington Gale Scholars program, established in 1996 and named after the founder of Galesburg and Knox College. The program is a collaborative partnership between Knox, the local school district, (Galesburg District 205) and the area community college (Carl Sandburg College), created to encourage and support higher education aspirations and success in the target population of academically promising first-generation and income eligible youth within District 205.

Each year up to 15 students are selected, and they join other cohorts to participate in summer enrichment and academic preparation, community service, and special skill-building experiences. Students who complete the program in high school receive tuition-waiver scholarships toward the completion of associate's and bachelor's degree programs at Carl Sandburg College and Knox, respectively. Highly academically successful students at Galesburg High School may qualify for direct enrollment at Knox College.

The program was recognized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education in 1999 as one of six exemplary "best practices" within the State of Illinois—a program that directly addresses the growing number of youth who, because of socio-economic barriers, often are not given the opportunity to realize their full potential as scholars and future leaders in our community.

In the last decade, the program has grown to include a program director, and the selection process and program requirements have been revised. To date, there are 46 Knox College, Gale Scholar graduates. As of the fall of 2019, there are 39 Gale Scholar students at Galesburg High School, 15 at Carl Sandburg College, and 11 at Knox College.

George Washington Gale Scholar Knox graduates to date are:

2023
Dakota McDorman, Gabrielle Walters, Tavian James
2022
Kailin Cutliff, Abigail Breslin, Kaylyn Spencer, Makailee Brown
2021
Jessica Decker, Taylor Davis
2020
Kyran Blissett, Silvia Chavez, Heather Babcock, MayCee Fox, Alyssa Main, Makaliah Mitchell, Teresa Ricks
2019
MayCee Fox, Alyssa Main, Makaliah Mitchell, Teresa Ricks
2018
Favy Moreno, Angie Olivas, Stephen McAllister, Michael Anderson, Magdiel Ponce
2017
Shakisha Grays, Marissa Miller, Saige Washington, Ashley Schmidt, Morganne Malesker
2016
Jovana Rodriguez, Hazelee Wallace
2015
Randi Cecil, Kylee Norville, Austin Finley, Chanda Harrell
2014
Abbie John, Jessica Dailey
2013
Elvie Santoyo, Jonna John, Antoine Martin, Estefania Vazquez, Amanda Byerly
2012
Aaron Barton, Cody Dailey, Carissa Cole, Tabitha Masters
2011
Cassie Harrell, Kristin Niehoff, Corey Vanskike, Vanessa Weaver
2010
Alex Vaasen, Chanda Wade, Shalane Worden
2009
Garry Barton, Karen Brophy, Stephanie Frambes, Marissa Smith
2008
Stephanie Spahr, Chris Carpenter, Ashley Shane, Nicole Chase
2006
Stacy Stremmell

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