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Six local teens who suffered from homelessness while in high school will be awarded college scholarships tonight from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Jasmine Edwards has been on her own since she was 16 years old. Now 18, she lives alone in an apartment on the West Side and works at a nearby Wal-Mart to support herself. In June she graduated from Prosser Career Academy. Edwards didn’t have a traditional high school experience.

EDWARDS: Well, I missed out on parties and stuff like that. Everybody else went to parties or everybody else bought things they wanted. And I had to buy the things I needed.

This fall Edwards will attend Chicago’s East-West University. She dreams of being a television anchor. The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless awarded her $2,000 toward her tuition. In the past four years the Coalition has given out close to thirty-thousand dollars in college scholarships. Other students are attending schools such as University of Wisconsin and Malcolm X College.

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