Chicago State University

1stGEN Scholarship Gala

In partnership with Chicago State University, the Chicago State Foundation will host the inaugural 1stGEN Scholarship Gala: Transformation, presented by Hyatt Corporation, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel on the evening of Saturday, May 9, 2020. 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. Dollars raised from the gala will be used to help remove that barrier, through the creation of the CSU 1stGEN Scholarship Fund.

In addition to celebrating the student scholars who will be the beneficiaries of 1stGEN Scholarships, special highlights of the gala will include the presentation of Cougar Servant Leadership Awards to former President of the Illinois State Senate and Chicago State University champion, Emil Jones, Jr., and longtime education and arts advocate, and Bronzeville Children’s Museum founder, Peggy Montes.

On behalf of gala Co-Chair, Tyronne Stoudemire, and gala Honorary Co-Chairs Andy Zopp & Bill Zopp, and Angelique David & Jerry Richmond, we invite you to join us for this incredible celebration.

Learn more about participating as a sponsor of this year’s 1stGEN Scholarship Gala by clicking here, or by contacting the Kevin Triskett at or 773.995.4410.