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United in Excellence

Thank you for your interest in supporting our mission!

The United In Excellence Fund is an initiative of the JTHS Foundation and is named after United In Excellence (UIE), a Greek-style step-team that ran as a community and after-school program at Joliet Township High Schools, District #204 from 1996-2008. UIE is a growing, national network of over 50 JTHS alumni, community members, and stakeholders. Our network raises money to offer scholarships and post-secondary supports to graduating seniors pursuing degrees in the Fine& Performing Arts, Community Service, and STEM fields. Our scholarship recipients must demonstrate excellence in their academics, out-of-school time participation, and in their capacity for leadership. United In Excellence was founded by JTHS alumni Cristi Washington-Gaither (Baltimore, MD) and Erick Deshaun Dorris (Joliet, IL) in November 2016.

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