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CTA Partners With CPS To Offer ‘Elevating Futures’ Scholarship, Chance To Work On Massive Red Line Overhaul

The scholarship is good for up to $5,500 a year for four years of college courses in engineering or construction.

Steel framework for the Red-Purple Bypass was installed in November 2020.
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UPTOWN — Chicago Public Schools students interested in engineering and construction can win a college scholarship and an opportunity to work on one of the city’s biggest public works projects in modern history.

CTA has partnered with CPS to offer the CTA Elevating Futures Scholarship Fund, providing college funds and work opportunities for students interested in construction-related careers.

The scholarship is open to CPS students who plan to pursue four-year degrees in construction management, civil engineering, industrial engineering or systems engineering. Up to three scholarships will be awarded this year for $5,500 a year for four years of schooling.

The deadline to apply to the scholarship is March 1. To apply, click here.

The scholarship was created as part of the CTA’s $2.1 billion Red and Purple Modernization project, the first phase of which is kicking into high gear this spring on the Far North Side. This is the second year of the scholarship.

CTA’s contractor for the project, Walsh-Fluor Design-Build Team, is funding the scholarship with $250,000 for 10 scholarships 2020-2023. The program is being administered by Chicago Scholars.

“It’s important that as a city we continue to invest in our youth and prepare them for the future,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement. “The CTA’s innovative scholarship program provides opportunity to hard-working students from low-income backgrounds, helping them achieve their potential in an especially challenging world.”

Students who win scholarships can apply for a paid summer internship with Walsh-Fluor on the Red-Purple project, according to the CTA.

Crews for Walsh-Fluor are gearing up to demolish four Red Line stations in Uptown and Edgewater. Two temporary stations are being constructed to service the stations while the permanent structures are built.

Eligible students must be enrolled in a CPS or CPS-supported high school and be part of the Chicago Scholars program. Students must be enrolled in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) coursework and have a grade point average of 3.0 and a good attendance record.

Scholarship winners will be announced April 15.

For more information on the scholarship, click here.

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