Planning Your Success Scholarship

Planning Your Success (P.Y.S.) is a scholarship program that seeks to provide financial assistance, college and career advisement, as well as positive self-image counseling services to high school students living within the city of Chicago, IL. The Planning Your Success Scholarship program, started by Dr. Lora Pettis, began in the year of 2004. Since its inception, the program has awarded over $10,000 in scholarships to students that have enrolled in various universities such as: The University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, Columbia College, Hampton University, Malcolm X College and several other institutions.

After several years of supporting students attending Better Life Faith Church International, the scholarship program has expanded its outreach. Under the direction of P.Y.S. staff, the program has extended its services to students attending high school within the Austin Community, located on the West Side of Chicago, IL. The program formed its first high school partnership with three small schools located on the Austin High School Community Campus.

As the initiative continues to expand and develop, P.Y.S. Staff plans to utilize their experience as professionals, educators and youth mentors to support the program in many ways. The program coordinator and its support team works to assist students by fostering a mindset geared towards pursuing higher education. The workshops and counseling services are designed to instill within students the tools needed to become successful in accomplishing all of their college and career goals as well as any other visions and aspirations they may have.