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What is GIVE100
GIVE100 is a fundraising campaign to raise money for underserved college students to help bridge the gap of basic needs for college. In today's climate, most underserved students financial aid packages include high loan amounts and less disposable income. PLAN4SUCCESS awards scholarships to help students pay for books, transportation, and basic needs to start the school year off with the capacity to succeed!

We have an audacious goal of raising 25,000 to award 50 scholarships. There are three levels of giving that all go into one fund. You can give $100 to our GIVE100 Campaign, GIVE LEGACY in honor of your loved one or make a donation of any amount to help us reach our goal.

100% of your donation goes directly to the college students!

How Do I GIVE100
Every year we asked 100 people to donate $100 in our GIVE100 Campaign. Donations will be collected until the first week of July. Our ceremony is on July 30, 2022! Thanks to people like you, we were able to combine all fundraising efforts to award 35 scholarships in 2021 and a total of 110 since 2016. GIVE100 or more today!
How Do I GIVE LEGACY
Have you wanted to establish a scholarship in a loved one’s memory?  Let's honor and continue the legacy and good name of that beloved person in your life. Perhaps, you would like to just cover one full scholarship for a student.

For the fourth year, we are also accepting donations for GIVE LEGACY Scholarships where donors can sponsor a scholar in their loved one’s name. 15 scholars received GIVE LEGACY awards through the Edna Lee Stewart Fund.

We were appreciative to the families of Geraldine Simmons, Munir Muhammad, Samuel William Mitchell Jr., Laquandus Marion, Dorthy B. Smith, Lloyd Blenman, The Angel Network, Meijer Food Store, MC Williams Tax Services, A Piece of the Pie, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Coleman, Yolonda Hancock for your GIVE LEGACY donations in 2021.

*All Legacy Scholarships are a minimum donation of $500 each. Your entire donation will sponsor one student scholarship.
Other Ways To Donate
A special shout-out goes to A Piece of The Pie, who sold pies that yielded a $700 donation to our scholars. Choose which donation level suits your budget and heart to help young people trying very hard to better themselves by making your donation of any amount today!

In-Kind Sponsors
Past and present in-kind sponsors include Dr. Lisa Grant Orthodontics, Coopers Hawk, Chicago Sky, Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Com Ed, Brookins Funeral Home, Redbird Cafe, East Bank Club, HF Racquetball Club, Tinley Park Bowl, LaVoute Bistro, LaBanque Hotel, Kyro Health & Recovery Spa, MC Williams & Company, Jewel-Osco, Walts Food Stores, Meijer Food Store, and Matteson Community Center. To become an In-Kind sponsor for the scholarship auction by donating items for auction baskets to advertise your business, email PLAN4SUCCESS2DAY@gmail.com.

Together We Can Make A Difference
Who is Edna Lee Stewart
Edna Lee Stewart
Edna's Restaurant
44 Years of Service
Edna Lee Stewart and her father owned Edna's Restaurant on the Westside of Chicago. She served her famous biscuits and soul food to people from around the world. Martin Luther King Jr., sitting US Presidents and other people from the Civil Rights Movement up to then-Senator Barack Obama have dined at the restaurant. Chicago politicians, Oprah Studios, movie stars, famous musicians, and professional athletes would frequent the family's establishment. Edna often employed convicted felons to give them an opportunity to provide a living for themselves and act as a bridge to other career possibilities. Having the heart to help the underserved made her legendary!
Join PLAN4SUCCESS in continuing her legacy to help young people succeed with your donation to our 2020 GIVE100 scholarship fundraising campaign.
About Our College Cohort
Since 2016, PLAN4SUCCESS has:

  • Impacted college scholars attend more than 50+ colleges and universities around the nation. All recipients originate from Chicago.

  • Last year through our GIVE100, we raised funds to provide 35 awards for a total of 110 scholarships to date!

  • We developed a College Cohort of 155 students who receive informative newsletters, frequent encouragement, career development training, letters of recommendation, service hours, and exposure to several resources on an ongoing basis.

  • Other resources for our College Cohorts include scholarships and internship opportunities and yearly care packages!

  • Provide community service opportunities, public service announcements, and support developing skill sets while helping PLAN4SUCCESS initiatives.
Who are the College Scholars
2016-2020 Scholarship Recipients
Since the inaugural Edna Lee Stewart Scholarship Ceremony:

*Scholars will graduate this year, are in graduate school, and we have a student in the doctoral program in Maryland.

*Working in their selected fields of study and Teach for America

*Hold Resident Assistant positions on campus and interning at Ivy League schools such as Harvard over the summer.

*College Athletes

*Held internships at Disney World, Ariel Investments, Dick's Sporting Goods, Northern Trust, JP Morgan Chase and Facebook to name a few.

*Several of them have come back to volunteer with PLAN4SUCCESS We are so very proud of them all!
Western Illinois University
Graduate
Loyola University Graduate
U of I-Champaign
Senior
Loyola University
Graduate
U of I-Champaign
Senior
University of Kentucky
Senior
2017 Scholarship Recipients
2018 Scholarship Recipients
2019 Scholarship Recipients
2020 Scholarship Recipients
2021 Scholarship Recipients
College Cohort Videos
ENJOY WATCHING OUR EDNA LEE STEWART SCHOLARSHIP CEREMONY 2016
ENJOY WATCHING OUR EDNA LEE STEWART SCHOLARSHIP CEREMONY 2017
HEAR FROM OUR SCHOLARS ON WHAT DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP MEAN TO THEM
OUR SCHOLARS PARTICIPATE IN THE MICHELLE OBAMA'S INITIATIVE "BETTER MAKE ROOM"