A group of students from Bradley University will join other colleges and universities in a statewide rally for a financial assistance program Wednesday.
The Monetary Award Program (MAP) is used by 1,122 Bradley students (nearly 40 percent of whom are minorities) to attend the private university. Over $4.9 million was distributed to Bradley students this school year.
Funding for the program is one of many initiatives impacted by the lack of a state budget for over a year and a half. Local students will speak to Sen. Chuck Weaver, Rep. Mike Unes, Rep. Ryan Spain and Sen. Dave Koehler before attending the rally in the Illinois State Capitol's first floor rotunda at 1 p.m.
Local Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria), a MAP recipient, will speak at the rally, as will Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb), the minority spokesperson for House Higher Education.