campus partner(s)

North Central College






Knowledge for Freedom

award date


project director

Stuart Patterson; Janis Fitzsimmons

Grant Summary

$300,000 over 42 months to implement Freedom Scholars, a Knowledge for Freedom program, which gives promising underserved high school seniors from the surrounding Chicago area an opportunity to participate in a three-week humanities seminar and a school-year college support and civic engagement program. The program will benefit from the Shimer Great Books School, a course of study dedicated to Socratic seminars and primary sources. It will be the first KFF program to directly connect the content of the seminar classroom with what the team calls “serious play,” or curated imaginative games, during the three-week summer seminar.