Daniel M. Kerrane, Jr. Foundation
The Daniel M. Kerrane, Jr. Foundation (DMK) was created to improve the educational opportunities afforded to Chicago area youths and young adults. Founded in 2002, DMK serves as a lasting legacy of Daniel M. Kerrane, Jr., a Chicago businessman and philanthropist who embodied courage, honesty and perseverance and who believed passionately in the importance of education. The organization seeks to provide access to higher education for those who may not otherwise be able to attend college. DMK has cultivated a strong association with the City Colleges of Chicago, a growing relationship with the Chicago Public Schools, and a continuing partnership with other social service organizations. The scholarship program is available to students seeking a two-year degree or pre-approved certificate from any one of the City Colleges of Chicago (Kennedy-King, Harold Washington, Olive-Harvey, Harry S. Truman, Malcolm X, Richard Daley, and Wilbur Wright). The program consists of two major components: 1) Provides “last dollar” funding that pays for the costs associated with obtaining a two-year degree. 2) An educational support system—including tutoring, mentoring, academic advising, career guidance and other resources—available to all students in the program.
Now in its second year of issuing scholarships, DMK has awarded financial and educational assistance to 45 students. The Daniel M. Kerrane, Jr. Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.