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Published on Apr 9, 2014
On April 8, 2014, Urban Prep Academies, the country's first network of charter public schools for boys, held an assembly to announce that for the FIFTH year in a row, 100% of Urban Prep seniors--all African-American males--had been admitted to four-year colleges and universities.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Urban Prep Academies' founder and CEO Tim King, elected officials, community leaders, and Urban Prep students, faculty, alumni and parents in celebrating the seniors' achievements.
To congratulate the seniors, Tragil Wade, president of Wade's World Foundation -- the charity foundation of NBA champion Dwyane Wade and longtime philanthropic partner of Urban Prep -- announced that Wade's World Foundation will provide a $10,000 donation to the Class of 2014 to offset the costs of their senior prom.
With 240 seniors graduating from Urban Prep this year, more than one in ten African-American males from Chicago Public Schools enrolling in college as freshmen in the fall will be an Urban Prep alumnus. Seniors in Urban Prep's Class of 2014 have accrued more than $12 million in scholarships to date and have been accepted to more than 185 four-year colleges and universities across the nation, including: Cornell University, Florida A & M University, Georgetown University, Grinnell College, Howard University, Morehouse College, Syracuse University, Tufts University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Virginia. This year, for the first time, Urban Prep seniors have also been admitted to Colgate University, Emory University, the University of Michigan, Williams College and the United States Military Academy--West Point.