When the McKinley “Deacon” Davis CHANCE Program first opened its doors at NIU in 1968, it admitted only 50 students.
They all had something in common: the interest in pursuing a college education but a pre-college preparation that fell short of allowing them to enter college through the traditional admissions process.
Forty-five years later, CHANCE now admits approximately 500 students each year. The program has impacted the lives of more than 15,000 NIU alumni while creating professional opportunities rarely imagined.
A 45th anniversary celebration is planned next month on campus.
The Awards and Recognition Reception begins at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center. The Anniversary Gala is planned from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, 231 N. Annie Glidden Road.
CHANCE has been a leader in the state of Illinois in identifying, recruiting and admitting capable students and then providing opportunities for them to pursue higher education. Most recruited through CHANCE are from the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs.
“I hope you will be able to join us to celebrate the impact this program has had on the many students from all ethnic backgrounds and economic levels who have earned their college degrees from NIU over our 45-year history,” said Denise R. Hayman, director of CHANCE and co-director/co-PI of the NSF PROMISE Scholars Program.
RSVP online by Friday, Sept. 20, or by calling (815) 753-7905.