Mac students stand up
February 24, 2016 | 9:54 AM
A group of MacMurray students and staff members headed to the Illinois Capitol Building in Springfield last week for the MAP Grant Rally.
The Monetary Award Program (MAP) is a State of Illinois program that provides financial aid to Illinois residents who attend public, private, and community colleges in Illinois.
Funding for MAP grants has been stalled as part of the overall state budget standoff. MAP Grants are need based and nearly half of the student body at MacMurray College is eligible.
Among the student who attended are
- Tierra Stiverson, of St. Joseph, IL;
- Chaise Pratt, of Belleville, IL;
- Chaylynn Pratt, of Pontoon Beach, IL;
- Timothy Frazier, of Springfield, IL;
- Ariyon Jones, of St. Louis, MO.
After the rally, students went to the offices of their local representatives and senators to tell them how MAP affects them. Students attended a press conference later in the afternoon in support of the elected officials who support a bill to fund MAP Grants. On Friday, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the bill that authorized payment of MAP Grants.
Pictured from left: MacMurray students Chaylynn Pratt, Chaise Pratt, and Tierra Stiverson talked with Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) after a press conference last week about how MAP Grants affect their ability to pay for college.
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