High School District 214 received more than 50 submissions for its inaugural Redefining Ready! Scholarship, which asked students to tell the world how they are prepared for college and careers beyond a standardized test score.
Five winners received funding totaling $3,000 toward their post-secondary success, provided by the District 214 Education Foundation and AASA, the School Superintendents Association.
This follows the launch of the Redefining Ready! initiative, a new approach to defining college and career readiness. The initiative looks at multiple metrics to determine postsecondary success instead of relying on only a standardized test score.
Winners were Giselle Ramirez from Rolling Meadows High School; Lauren Miller and Bridgette Jasinski from Prospect High School; Patricia Dominguez from Elk Grove High School; and Marcin Sobas from Wheeling High School.
In their entries, students discussed internships and early college credits they have completed during high school, industry experience and credentials they have achieved, and their involvement in school and community activities.
The students were required to upload a 30-second-maximum video to Twitter that focused on at least one of the new criteria from the Redefining Ready! multi-metric approach to defining college, career and life readiness.