When does a $10 donation become a life-changer for a student?
When it helps pay the college tuition of students who would not otherwise be able to afford higher education.
Since 2009, Dietrich Horsey has been donating his time and leading the annual CardioFitness and Nutrition Tips Fundraiser to provide scholarships to students in Truman College’s Transitional Bilingual Learning Community (TBLC). The TBLC, established in 2002, has served over 400 Hispanic students, by accelerating their academic English proficiency and jump-starting their college careers in a first-year, community college cohort model. Over 90% of these students graduate with associate’s degrees and go on to complete bachelor’s degrees at colleges and universities in Illinois. The TBLC also boasts a group of students who are currently pursuing doctoral degrees.
Many of these students are undocumented immigrants, who were brought to this country at an early age and have assimilated to U.S. culture and been educated in the U.S. school systems, but now find themselves in limbo because they are denied access to any federal or state aid for higher education. Most of these students come from low-income families, and without private scholarships, college would be out of reach.
Dietrich is a trainer with a community-oriented spirit and believes in giving back.
Thanks to Dietrich’s generosity, over $12,000 has been raised throughout the years and all proceeds go directly to the TBLC scholarship fund. This one-hour event has now become a tradition at Truman College-City Colleges of Chicago and is the most successful fundraising concept, raising the greatest amount of money in the shortest amount of time.
The students reap the benefits of this one-hour session for YEARS! This event is high energy with long-lasting impact!
The success of these students is proof of how far his generosity reaches!