Evanston Scholar Diamond Ruffin will be going to the University of Illiinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is surrounded by, from right, her mother, Matia Lewis, her mentor, Anne Viner, and stepfather Johnathan Laird at POMP! on May 8.Photo from Evanston Scholars

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POMP!’s annual event raised more than $200,000 in support of the Evanston schools’ college access and persistence programming.  Money raised will provide ACT preparation, mentoring, college counseling, and college persistence support to help Scholars find their “best fit” school and overcome the obstacles they may encounter on the path to a college degree.

There are 26 graduating seniors in the Evanston Scholars Class of 2015.  Families and friends were at POMP! celebration to support these scholars, all of whom are attending four-year colleges in the fall.