Artis Yancey HBCU TOUR AND EXPERIENCE
The Artis Yancey HBCU Tour is celebrating 10 years!
Spring Break 2024
Tour Dates: Sunday March 24th - 31st, 2024
States to be visited: Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi
For more information, call 847-244-4900 or
1. Deadline for all payments and paperwork extended to Monday, March 4, 2024.
2. All payments and documentation should be taken to the Supervisor’s Office.
3. Office hours on March 4th will be extended to accommodate those who are unable to reach the office by 4:30 pm, if needed (8 am – 7 pm).
2024 HBCU COLLEGE TOUR APPLICATION
Applications for the 2024 HBCU Tour are now located at the Supervisor's Office
149 S. Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL 60085
PLEASE NOTE: All payments and completed documents are due by March 4, 2024.
Are you a high school student looking to explore HBCUs? An Artis Yancey HBCU college tour is your gateway to experiencing their unique culture and history while also getting a feel for the college environment. These tours, integrating visits to multiple HBCUs, offer a cost-effective way to compare campuses and experience HBCU campus life firsthand.
During these Artis Yancey HBCU college tours, you'll attend admission sessions, campus tours, and get a chance to learn about academic programs, extracurricular activities, and campus life at each school. For parents and educators, this is an opportunity to guide students towards making an informed decision about their future.
Pick up your 2024 HBCU Tour Application at the Supervisor's Office, 149 S. Genesee St, Waukegan, IL 60085.
HBCU APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: PLEASE READ!
All application packets MUST be completed at time of submission. Each attachment required MUST accompany the application packet, we will NOT accept incomplete applications packet submissions.
2024 HBCU PRESSKIT & SPONSORSHIP PACKET
If you are an individual or a representative of a corporate or community entity, interested in supporting the Artis Yancey HBCU 10 Year Anniversary Tour, consider becoming an event sponsor.
Download the sponsorship packet to review the impact and benefits of sponsoring, and the different levels of sponsorship available.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
2024 ARTIS YANCEY HBCU EDUCATIONAL
2024 ARTIS YANCEY HBCU EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP!
Deadline to Submit: May 3, 2024.
Since 2019, the Partners and Committee of the Artis Yancey HBCU Tour has awarded scholarships to qualifying High School graduates. This scholarship is available only to students who have been accepted into a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), provided proof of enrollment, and have met all the eligibility criteria.
Special Thank You for your support!
- Artis Yancey HBCU College Tour $1000 (plus) Donors.
- Artis Yancey HBCU Tour College Tour Committee.
Email application packet to firstname.lastname@example.org,
Attn: Artis Yancey HBCU Scholarship.
ARTIS YANCEY HBCU TOUR HISTORY
The Artis Yancey HBCU tour started in 2013 with the passion and determination of Supervisor Patricia Jones with the full support of the Board of Trustees. Her purpose was to encourage students to pursue goals and not to settle for anything less than what they desire. Investing in our youth is an initiative that is crucial to the success of Waukegan Township’s future.
Waukegan Township has undertaken the community initiative “Investing in Our Future.” Whether it's providing a boost to the booster club, providing funding for a local middle school trip to Springfield or just providing a day with a movie, mentors and positive activities, Waukegan Township has taken a stand that our children are the future of our country and we must start with them.
Each year the Artis Yancey Historically Black College and University tour takes approx. 25 - 40 students on a 7-10 day trip to visit Historical Black Colleges & Universities. This HBCU Tour Experience consists of a bus trip taken during spring break. Students range from the 9th through 12th grades.
Along with the college visits and tours, the students also visit local museums and historical sites to round out their experience. Statistics show that the Northshore area only has a 75% graduation rate compared to 87% statewide. According to counselors and teachers, only 30% of those graduating in the district go on to a post-secondary educational institution. Waukegan Township and its partners want to enhance the opportunities for those wishing to attend a college or university after high school.
The Artis Yancey HBCU Tour benefits students from all races and financial backgrounds. Students visit schools that offer the same degrees they are looking for in smaller classrooms. HBCU's offer personalized training. Their tuition can be more cost-effective.
While on tour, students will be immersed in campus life, exposed to culture and history first hand. More importantly, students will have the educational advantage of moving forward from high school to institutions of higher learning. An additional benefit is the monthly informational sessions which provide college-prep workshops for those students who decide to become participants in the tour.
In 2015 the tour was renamed to honor an outstanding humanitarian, Mr. Artis Yancey, who served the City of Waukegan as a highly respected Police Detective and Chief of Police as well as the first African American elected to the office of Waukegan City Clerk. Mr. Yancey was the first African American Coroner in Lake County. The legacy of Artis Yancey represents a dedication to the City of Waukegan and Community; especially the youth. He passionately believed in the power of higher education and providing high school students with the opportunity of the onsite experience of touring Historically Black Colleges and Universities within the United States. For several years, Chief Yancey unselfishly volunteered his time as a chaperone, providing parents the comfort of knowing their children were in good hands and to the students, he offered insight to the options that were available to them.
HIGHLIGHTS...Artis Yancey HBCU Cookout and 10th Year Anniversary Celebration!
Please contact the Township Administrative Offices at 847-244-4900 for more information.
2023 HBCU TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
For nearly 10 years, Waukegan Township has hosted the Artis Yancey HBCU Tour, introducing high school students to the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
From March 25-April 2, 2023, our group of 34 students and 6 chaperones set out from the Patricia A. Jones Center in Waukegan, traveling over 2,100 miles to visit some of the top HBCUs in the country: Wilberforce University, Norfolk State, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T and Howard University, to name a few.
In addition to the colleges and universities, students were also inspired by the exhibits at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture as well as the Washington Monument and other historical sites throughout our nation's capital.
2022 HBCU TOUR EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Check out this video recap of the Artis Yancey HBCU experience which was held on Friday, March 25, 2022 at the Waukegan High School, Washington Campus gymnasium, a.k.a. the Dawg Pound.
2021 HBCU TOUR - THOMAS EVANS AND JAVONTE TAYLOR TESTIMONIAL
HBCU EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Through the generosity of our amazing donors and like minded individuals, we are proud to report that four (4) students, representing Lake County high schools, were awarded $1,000 scholarships, as they embark on their collegiate careers at various HBCUs. Congratulations to:
* De’Ashala Blanchard, North Chicago HS, Central State University
* Maya Dewey, Lakes Community HS, Spelman College
* Chardea James, North Chicago HS, North Carolina A & T University
* Raven May, Waukegan HS, Spelman College
For more information regarding the Artis Yancey HBCU Educational Scholarship Application, please contact
Ms. Tami Springs at email@example.com