Partners in Achieving the College Dream!

Excel Beyond 211 is a program developed in 2013-14  in the northwest suburbs of Chicago to assist participating at-risk students graduating from High School District 211 in finding college success.  The mission of Excel Beyond 211 Dollars for Scholars is  to mentor, inform, and support youth determined to excel through college graduation and beyond. Excel Beyond 211 invests in college-ready, first-generation students with financial needs, aiming to increase their college success through graduation. 

Excel Beyond 211 Dollars for Scholars will use the students' commitment to education to help them navigate through college, changing the future for themselves, their families and their communities. Excel Beyond 211 Dollars for Scholars assists students who are first generation college students by providing one-to-one mentoring by an adult who has successfully completed a college degree.  Students in the program also attend multiple inservice sessions to help them to identify colleges that address their goals, research  financial assistance available at those schools, calculate expenses and long-term obligations related to collage attendance, and to complete applications to preferred institutions of higher learning.  EB211 also seeks and distributes financial support to provide our students with an opportunity to reach their educational goals. This website provides resources from our chapter to our mentors, volunteers, community and students.

In 2014, our first year of operation, we selected 31 students to participate in the program.  Each student was paired with a mentor who had been trained to serve as a one-to-one partner with one of the students.  Mentors are a very big part of our program, and the 2014 mentors included representatives of the business and educational communities, as well as several qualified retired individuals.  Students communicate with their mentors often, and the student population is regularly surveyed to assure EB211 and their mentors are meeting their needs,  So far, the surveys indicate that our EB211 scholars highly value the assistance they are receiving.

"I was very humbled to be accepted into Excel Beyond 211. Everyone in the group is so welcoming and you can tell that the volunteers really care about the students that are trying to pursue an education beyond high school". -- A.E., EB211 Student-Scholar 

In 2017, for the 4th year in a row, 30 students have been selected to join Excel Beyond 211 - Dollars for Scholars.  Information sessions have already begun for those students, and the selection of mentors is nearing completion.  In March new mentor training will be held and student-mentor matches will be finalized.

One of the main hurdles these students need to overcome is their lack of financial resources.  EB211 and the students' mentors work hard to maximize resources available to each of our students, but sometimes that is not enough.  Your gift to Excel Beyond 211, which can be made by clicking on the "Donate" link at the top of the homepage of this website, can improve the odds of our students completing college and earning a degree!

In November of 2015, Excel Beyond 211 was named as the the recipient of the 2015 National New Affiliate of the Year Award from Dollars for Scholars for its exceptional service to the students and community that it serves.

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