HighSight was started in 1992, with the mission of providing scholarships and academic supports to low-income students attending private high schools in Chicago. HighSight continues to provide tutoring, mentorship, leadership development, college-counseling, and supports during college, helping scholars excel in high school and beyond.
HighSight’s vision is to help these students realize their potential through successful high school completion and attendance at a select post-secondary institution. The HighSight experience empowers our scholars to leverage their high school success to attend and graduate from high-quality four-year colleges across the country, helping them break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families
This year HighSight is serving more than 300 students in our various initiative, helping all graduates to attend highly ranked colleges and universities across the country, with 100% of them receiving full-tuition scholarships. Out of his volunteer efforts with an elementary school across from the Cabrini-Green projects on Chicago’s Near North Side, Mark Duhon helped found HighSight in 1992. Mark has been HighSight’s only executive director, and has been in that full-time role since April 1994.
Mark is heavily involved with all of HighSight’s scholars and guides the organization’s programs and partners on all fundraising and partnership development efforts. Mark is often invited to present at local convenings and to facilitate workshops on special event fundraising, college-access counseling, and other topics. He has served as a director and advisor on a number of school boards.
For his service to young people, Mark has received the Benjamin Gingiss Service Award (Illinois Humane Society) the Speci Unam Award (Holy Trinity High School). He was also recognized with the One Hope, One Dream Award (Archbishop Hoban High School) for living out the mission of his alma mater.
A native of Akron, Ohio, Mark graduated in 1988 from The Ohio State University. He currently lives with his wife and two children in Chicago.
The EVE of the EVE is HighSight’s major fundraising event of the year, which attracts over 1,000 party-goers each year. Proceeds from the event fund scholarships and academic support programming for HighSight scholars. Now in its 25th year, this gala event is returning to Chicago’s Union Station for 2019.
The event features:
Information to purchase $140 tickets and other event details can be found at highsight.org/eve
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