WAUKEGAN TO COLLEGE - W2C Scholars and Families


410 Grand Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085

(224) 572-9221


Service Hours
Monday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - NOON

Note: During the months of June, July and August office hours are extended on Saturdays: 9 AM - 5 PM


Offers family-based academic advising to help first-generation college-bound students of Waukegan achieve success. Students as young as fifth grade encouraged to apply. Comprehensive college-readiness services include:

- College Access Program (SAT test prep, and help navigating college applications and financial aid)
- Mentoring (offers one-on-one help navigating college applications and scholarships)
- Reading and Math Enrichment
- College Visits
- Career Exploration Visits
- Tutoring (help with homework)


Must be a student in the Waukegan Public School District (public or private) in grades 5th - 11th.
Must be a first-generation college student. First-generation meaning the parents of the student did not obtain a bachelor's degree from the United States in a traditional path or completed their higher education outside of the United States.
Must be a family committed to having the student attend a four-year college/university.



Program Fees:


Intake Process:

Visit website to apply.
Applications accepted in Fall and Spring (see website for deadlines).
Candidates will be interviewed.

Documents Required:
- Application
- Student Essay
- Parent Essay
- Most recent grade report or transcript


Program Contact Information

Program Contact Information

(224) 572-9221


Phone Numbers

Primary Program Phone

(224) 572-9221

Address Listings

Physical (Primary)

410 Grand Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085


410 Grand Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085

Handicap Accessible?



Computer laptops
Miscellaneous Office Supplies
Non-perishable snacks

Volunteer Opportunities:

1. Tutoring - Work with specific student(s) on subject specific homework and other class materials every Saturday from 9:00 AM - Noon.
2. Read to Achieve Tutor - Read with a student(s) one day a week for 45 minutes on Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursday afternoons and/or evenings.
3. Mentoring - Work with a specific student over the course of their high school and college careers to stay on track with achieving academic and life goals.
4. Other - Grant writing, financial advising for families, computer repair, event organizing, marketing/PR

Contact Name for Volunteer Opportunities: Elyse Danckers at 630-306-5512 or edanckers.w2c@gmail.com

Legal Status:


Date of Official Change:

May 1, 2024

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  • Illinois
    • Lake County
      • Beach Park
      • Park City
      • Waukegan
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