On Tuesday, March 19th,  Butler College Prep hosted a  “Draft Day” town hall where Principal Chris Goins announced that the UIC College of Education and it’s Dean, Dr. Alfred Tatum offered six students  full scholarships to UIC. Five of the students are seniors at Butler College Prep, and students in the “Introduction to Urban Education” course created and instructed  by Principal Goins. The sixth student is a Butler College Prep alumni, and also a current student at UIC. All six of the male students have been accepted into the “Call Me MiSTER” scholarship program that focuses on preparing more men of color to pursue a career in  elementary education.

Check out the media coverage that these Butler College Prep students have received below:

CBS Chicago

“Five high school seniors at the far South Side Butler College Prep received the surprise of a lifetime Tuesday. During the school’s “Draft Day” presentation, UIC offered those students full ride scholarships to study education as part of its Call Me MiSTER program. The goal: To get students of color to return to their communities with a teaching degree…”

Read more from CBS Chicago here. 

Chicago Tribune

Jaylen Birt, center, a senior at Butler College Prep, celebrates as receives a Call Me MISTER scholarship to the University of Illinois during an event March 19, 2019. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune)

“At Butler College Prep on the Far South Side, five seniors and a recent graduate were surprised on Tuesday afternoon with scholarships offered through a program aimed at addressing the lack of male African-American teachers in the country’s schools…”

Read more from the Chicago Tribune here. 

Chicago Sun Times

Left to right: Christopher Goins, Teon Nesbitt, Jaylen Birt, Leonard Pinkston, Dr. Alfred Tatum, Deangelo Evans, Trevon Turner, former Butler Prep student Reon Gillespie, Constance Jones | Provided by Falú Ayala

“Five high school seniors at Butler College Prep and a former Butler Prep student received a surprise full-ride scholarship to the University of Illinois at Chicago as part of a program to bolster African-American male teachers. The students participated in Butler’s urban-education program and were required to submit two essays to UIC along with other application materials…”

Read more from the Chicago Sun Times here.

UIC News

Reon Gillespie tries on his new UIC hat given by UIC Dean Alfred Tatum. Photo: Jenny Fontaine

“As UIC College of Education Dean Alfred Tatum called out the names of the six young men in a town hall “Draft Day” ceremony Tuesday at Butler College Prep on the Far South Side, nearly 700 people filled the packed assembly with thundering applause and rousing screams of joy…”

Read more from the UIC News here. 

Inside CPS

Butler College Prep senior Trevon Turner poses as receives his tie from UIC’s College of Education staff.  Photo: Vashon Jordan

UIC College of Education’s, Dean Alfred Tatum, said he hopes to inspire African Americans, especially men, to return to their communities and impact future generations.

“It’s important for African American men to come back to their communities and become educators because it sends a strong message,” Tatum said. “Becoming an educator is one way to ensure you’ll live forever because generation after generation will talk about your impact.”

Read more from Inside CPS here. 

Check out some of the photos from “Draft Day” below:

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