One Million Degrees is a powerful support system propelling scholars toward bigger and brighter futures. We provide guidance and advice, push them to excel, cheer them on, and equip them with tools to stay on track with college, career, and life. And we’ve had ONE remarkable year.

2015–2016 Highlights

growth in the number of volunteer coaches (168 to 330)
scholar retention (graduated or persisted in OMD for the full year)
graduation rate
coaching hours
companies and organizations across all industries in Chicago with employees who volunteer for OMD
onsite programs grew from two to four (new programs at College of Lake County and Olive Harvey College)
community college graduates
growth in the number of scholars served (250 to 440)
Nicholas Mobley OMD Scholar Kennedy-King College
JACKIE SANCHEZ Graduate, Harry S. Truman College ‘16 Student, DePaul University
John Bistolfo Founder, Bark Design
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At OMD, it’s not just about scholarships. Supports like mentoring, coaching, and financial literacy make the OMD program stand out. If you provide the right tools, it gives scholars the experience and confidence to be more successful academically. They will be a force for good in their communities.”

David woolwine
Director—Reputation, Community
Engagement and Public Affairs at Allstate Insurance

Scholar Development