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McKinley Deacon Davis CHANCE Program
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Students in the CHANCE program


After 50 years of service to students on NIU's campus, with more than 15,000 alumni, the McKinley "Deacon" Davis Program stands as one of a few programs of its kind in the state offering access to higher education. Shaped and created from the vision of President Rhoten Smith, a champion of equal opportunity and social justice and McKinley "Deacon" Davis, once a Harlem Globetrotter in 1968.


CHANCE offers the opportunity for students in the state of Illinois to earn a college degree. CHANCE is a campus-wide initiative for students enrolled at NIU providing service and support for students designed to enhance their college experience.


Today, CHANCE alumni are employed as dentists, teachers, physicians, engineers, artists, entrepreneurs, accountants, athletes and public servants. Many alumni continue to support the program by volunteering to assist currently enrolled students as they pursue their academic goals at NIU.

The Landgraf Thousands Strong Day of Giving Participation Challenge
NIU Foundation Board Member John ‘74, M.S. ‘75 and Anne ‘73 Landgraf want to see Huskie Nation set a new Day of Giving record. When 2,000 gifts are made during Thousands Strong: Day of Giving, a gift of $400,000 will be unlocked into the Day of Giving totals to support student scholarships.
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