Speaking to 500 Scholars and Alumni at One Million Degrees’ annual Scholar Orientation Day on August 15th, City Colleges Chancellor Juan Salgado called the students “the largest single asset in the City of Chicago.”
After she was accepted at DePaul, Sanchez volunteered to become an [OMD] coach... “You can’t do it on your own,” Sanchez said. “I know I’m the one staying up nights and doing the homework, but you need someone in your corner. After I had that experience I just wanted to do more and give back.”
Co-chaired by Deb Gross, Caroline Grossinger, and Rose Lizarraga, the benefit attracted nearly 600 people, who set the stage for helping 1,000 high-potential community college scholars across Chicago by 2018 succeed in school, work, and life.
OMD was recognized in the Education category as “an impactful and inspiring organization” and selected for its combination of “excellence, scalability, efficiency, leadership and effectiveness.”
Students at Harold Washington, Harper colleges receive academic support, full-time work opportunity
In recognition of winning a Chicago Innovation Award, One Million Degrees' logo shone bright over Times Square after OMD CEO Paige Ponder and Chief Program Officer Veronica Herrero helped ring the closing bell at the NASDAQ.
More than 100 Chicago thought leaders joined former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in conversation with Alexi Giannoulias at OMD's 3rd annual OMD/x at Deloitte on February 9.
OMD CEO Paige Ponder and OMD Alumna Olivia Cruz sat down with Judy Hsu on ABC Chicago's Sunday morning NewsViews to discuss the important role OMD plays in providing personal, professional, academic, and financial support to our 700 scholars.
Karina Esparaza has been an integral part of OMD for the past three years, first as a scholar and now as our Operations Intern as she studies for her BA in Psychology at DePaul University. Her story is nothing short of amazing. Listen to OMD CEO, Paige Ponder, interview Karina in partnership with StoryCorps in Chicago. (Produced by Anne Ford)
More than 640 organizations were nominated for Chicago Innovation Awards this year, and OMD is honored to be one of three inaugural winners of the Neighborhood Award category.