Scholarship Gala

1st Gen Scholarship Gala

Location Date
Millennium Park
Harris Theater Rooftop
Friday, Sept 30, 2022
Individual tickets will be on sale soon. See below for sponsorship opportunities.


Chicago State University has created an intentional campus community that provides a suite of wraparound cognitive and non-cognitive supports designed to propel the success of first-generation students from diverse populations. More than 60% of CSU scholars are the first in their families to attend college, and 78% are Black or Latinx.

The greatest roadblock to first-gen college success isn’t the lack of talent, or desire, but the lack of financial resources. The CSU 1stGEN/Rise Scholarship Fund will be used to help remove that barrier.

Our evening together will center and celebrate the student scholars who have benefitted from the generosity of our Village of Support. A special highlight of the night will include the presentation of the 2022 Cougar Servant Leadership Awards, honoring CSU alumni and community champions making distinguished contributions in the fields of public service, education equity and community service.

On behalf of Chicago State University President Zaldwaynaka ‘Z’ Scott, Esq., and the Chicago State Foundation Board of Directors, we invite you to join us for this incredible celebration by participating as a sponsor. Included below for your consideration is a package outlining the array of sponsorship opportunities and benefits available.


2022 Sponsorship Opportunities

pdf 1stGEN Scholarship Gala: Inspiration Sponsor Commitment Form