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Gale Scholars Program
Steve Cheesman, Program Director
Knox 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 38 Knox College, Gale Scholar graduates. In the fall of 2016, there were 50 Gale Scholar students at Galesburg High School, 18 at Carl Sandburg College, and 14 at Knox College.
George Washington Gale Scholar Knox graduates to date are:
Michael Anderson, Stephen McAllister, Favy Moreno, Magdiel Ponce
Shakisha Grays, Saige Hillier, Morganne Malesker, Marissa Miller, Ashley Schmidt
Hazelee Wallace, Jovana Hernandez
Randi Cecil, Austin Finley, Chanda Harrell, Kylee Norville
Abbie John, Jessica Dailey
Elvith Santoyo, Jonna John, Antwon Martin, Amanda Byerly, Estefania Vazquez
Aaron Barton, Cody Dailey, Carissa Cole, Tabitha Masters
Cassie Harrell, Kristen Niehoff, Corey Vanskike, Vanessa Weaver
Alex Vaasen, Chanda Wade, Shalane Worden
Garry Barton, Karen Brophy, Stephanie Frambes, Marissa Smith
Chris Carpenter, Nicole Chase, Stephanie Spahr, Ashley Shane
of liberal arts colleges
producing successful Ph.D. candidates.