Eureka College’s Uniquely Eureka Promise Program Expands to Include Entire State
December 15, 2021
Eureka College Offering Eligible Students from Entire State Opportunity to Earn Bachelor’s Degree Tuition-Free
EUREKA, Ill. – In the spirit of the holiday season, Eureka College is extending The Uniquely Eureka Promise program to the entire state of Illinois.
For the first time, all incoming Illinois students who meet financial need and academic requirements for the Uniquely Eureka Promise Program will have the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree tuition-free at Eureka College.
On Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m., Eureka College officially announced the expansion of the Promise program alongside Illinois legislators at Moser Lobby of the Donald B. Cerf Center at the Eureka College campus.
As the country continues to overcome the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many families throughout the state have been negatively impacted financially, leaving a greater number of students with unmet financial need. Eureka College is stepping in to offer a full tuition scholarship – and a chance for qualifying students to focus on their academic achievements without having to worry about tuition.
“We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the financial challenges that many Illinoisans face, and that there continues to be workforce needs across the state that require a bachelor’s degree,” said Eureka College President Dr. Jamel Wright. “We are happy to do our part by offering opportunities like the Uniquely Eureka Promise to greatly ease the financial burden of pursuing a bachelor’s degree, and to close the state’s workforce gaps by cultivating our own talent.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly everyone in Illinois, including students working to achieve a college degree,” said Rep. Darin LaHood. “I applaud Eureka College for expanding their Eureka Promise Program, giving kids across our state the opportunity to thrive in college.”
The Uniquely Eureka Promise program began in 2018 and was originally a program for Illinois transfer students. Over the past three years, Eureka College has gradually widened the scope, offering a fouryear program for students graduating from a select set of high schools in central Illinois and a few other locations, in addition to maintaining the transfer program.
Earlier this year, the first full cohort of graduates from Eureka College’s Uniquely Eureka Promise officially attained their bachelor’s degree tuition-free. Among them was a 27-year-old mother of four from Peoria named Kerri Berry. Berry became the first Uniquely Eureka Promise student to graduate with Magna Cum Laude honors, and the first Promise student to graduate from the Honors Program.
“The Promise program has offered me the opportunity to continue my education without having to worry about being able to afford it,” Berry said. “It has also given me the ability to see my potential.”
By expanding the Eureka Promise, Eureka College is giving a wider range of Illinois students, some of whom have unique stories and circumstances like Berry, a chance to thrive at Eureka College.
“Eureka College aims to empower every individual to reach their full potential through intentional programming focused on learning, service, and leadership opportunities,” Eureka College Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management Cindy Sisson said. “Expanding the Promise Program is our way of including as many college-bound students as possible in our vision.”
Some of the eligibility requirements for the students from Illinois high schools and transfer students include: a 2.8 cumulative GPA or higher; U.S citizenship for at least a year; and being eligible to receive the State of Illinois MAP grant and Federal Pell grant as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Applicants must also meet all deadline dates. To be eligible for the fall semester, admission applications must be submitted by July 1. To be eligible for the spring semester, admission applications must be submitted by Jan. 3.
Located in Eureka, Illinois, and chartered in 1855, Eureka College cultivates excellence in learning, service and leadership while providing students uniquely personalized and tailor-made educational opportunities.
Originally founded by abolitionist members of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Eureka College holds the unique distinction of being the first college in Illinois and among the first in the nation to admit men and women on an equal basis. The College, which is located on nearly 70 wooded acres in central Illinois, is the smallest of only 24 colleges and universities to ever award a bachelor’s degree to a future President of the United States.