To see every Monster Scholar positively impact his or her community, complete high school, and get accepted into an accredited post-secondary educational institution.

We understand that children living in Chicago’s underserved urban communities possess incredible compassion, gifts, and talents. These children are a precious national resource but often do not have the opportunity to reach their full potential due to the effects of urban poverty and limited access to higher educational opportunities.


Many of our Chicago inner city children grow up in stressful conditions.  Yet even in these conditions, there are particular students who stand out as diamonds in the rough.


We seek out these diamonds, the future leaders and agents of change in their Chicago communities, while they are still in elementary school.  We utilize the lenses of the teachers, who are the heroes working tirelessly day in and day out to serve the children in these communities.  Teachers recognize the students in their classes who show leadership and are exceptionally compassionate. These students are intelligent, patient, hardworking, kind, and exhibit self-control.  They are the future leaders of the world. Their teachers see this potential played out everyday.


Through this MEF program, MEF desires to serve our Lord, Jesus Christ by caring for those in need.  "But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:17-18 ESV)

That's why we say, let's NOT JUST TALK.

We train our scholars themselves to be the change agents that will open up their hearts to serve others and be leaders who are in their communities. All donations and sponsorships are directly used to grow college savings accounts for our scholars, leadership/educational training, college preparatory programming, and provide motivational incentives for MEF Scholars.


Our hope is that everyone involved in this program: ambassador teachers, nominees, scholars, families, sponsors and donors will take part in positively transforming the most under-resourced inner-city communities of Chicago.




Monster Education Foundation seeks, identifies, and supports young Agents of Change as they pursue higher education and make a lasting difference in their communities.


MEF establishes a college savings fund for each Monster Scholar starting 6th grade. Funds are contributed quarterly and grow for 6 years until the scholar graduates from high school. Upon acceptance to an accredited post-secondary educational institution, the matured scholarship is divided evenly into 8 semesters and awarded at the beginning of each semester in college/university/post-secondary educational institutions. (*if scholars' educational goals differ in number of years, MEF can adjust semesterly award amounts accordingly to pay out the total funds saved for each student)

AChievement bonuses

Each year, Monster Scholars have the opportunity to make extra deposits into their Brightstart college savings account by completing the following Achievement Bonus opportunities:


1. Completing an individual community service project. (ISP)

2. Participating in the annual MEF group community service project. (GSP)

3. Submitting a copy of their report card with at least two "A's" in core subjects. (up to 2 submissions/year)


community service

Each year, every Monster Scholar has the opportunity to plan and execute an individual community service project in an area he/she is passionate about. Whether it is caring for the homeless, helping the environment, or tutoring at-risk students, it is up to each scholar to lead a group of volunteers- comprised of adults and friends, to successfully complete the project.  Scholars have a first-hand opportunity to witness the positive impact they are having on the community.


community service

Each year, MEF members get together with Monster Scholars and their families, to partner in completing a fun and exciting group community service project. This event provides a needed service to the selected community, but is also a great opportunity for MEF Sponsors and Scholars to get to know each other while working together side by side.  Register to join us!

scholar selection process

PHASE 1: Our Ambassador Teachers select up to three student nominees from their class that they feel have the following qualities:

  • College-bound.

  • Compassionate.

  • Driven.

  • Future leaders in their community.


PHASE 2: Students respond to the following essay prompt:


“What qualities do you think make a servant leader and describe how you are currently a servant leader in your school or community.”

After submitting their response, each nominee is awarded a $25 gift card.  From the pool of nominees, MEF chooses finalists by selecting the essays that best exhibit the desire to make a positive and lasting influence within her/his community.


PHASE 3: Students respond to the following essay prompt:


"How could you use $50 to positively impact your community today?"


MEF awards each finalists an additional $25 gift card for completing this phase of the selection process.

From the pool of finalists, MEF selects its MONSTER SCHOLARS who have best exemplified the desire and strategy to successfully bring about positive change in her/his community.






  • February
    • Founded with 5 board members
  • November
    • Came under Good City as fiscal partner​
  • June
    • First 4 Monster Scholars selected and Bright Start college savings accounts started
  • Summer
    • 3 Individual Service Projects completed
  • September
    • MEF Logo created by volunteer Caleb Stanton in California​
  • October
    • 1st Group Service Project completed @ Feed My Starving Children​
  • November
    • Launch Party @ Gala Banquets​



  • March
    • Added 3 more board members and partnered with More Than Scores And Tests to provide college consulting for all our Monster Scholars
  • May
    • 4 more Monster Scholars selected
  • June
    • High School Project Manager Volunteer program started​
  • Summer
    • 5 Individual Service Projects completed​
  • August
    • 2nd Group Service Project completed​
  • November 23
    • 2nd ​Annual Monster Education Foundation Banquet
  • April 23
    • Earth Day Monster Street Cleanup
  • May
    • 4 more Monster Scholars selected
  • July 16
    • Monster Bean Outing (social event)
  • Summer - Fall
    • Individual Service Projects completed​
  • August 6
    • 3rd Group Service Project completed​ @ Feed My Starving Children
  • September
    • Participated in 'Chicago Calls for Peace' in Bronzeville Community Garden
  • October 1
    • Attended Chicago National College Fair at McCormick Place
  • November 19
    • 3rd ​Annual Monster Education Foundation Banquet



  • April 22
    • Earth Day Monster Street Cleanup
  • May
    • 4 more Monster Scholars selected
  • June 24
    • Monster Cookout with Corey Rice
  • July
    • Monster Bean Outing (social event)
  • Summer - Fall
    • More Individual Service Projects completed​
  • August 12
    • 2017 Monster 5K Run​
  • August 24
    • 1st Monster Leadership Conference
  • September 16
    • Monster Potluck Picnic
  • November 19
    • 4th ​Annual Monster Education Foundation Banquet
  • April 21
    • Earth Day Monster Street Cleanup
  • May
    • 4 more Monster Scholars selected
  • May 5
    • 1st Annual Meeting for all Monster Scholars
  • June 23
    • Monster Cookout with Corey Rice
  • July 7
    • Monster Bean Outing (social event)
  • Summer - Fall
    • More Individual Service Projects completed​
  • August 25
    • 2nd Monster Leadership Conference
  • September 8
    • 2018 Monster 5K Run
  • October 6
    • Group Service Project @ Feed My Starving Children
  • November 17
    • 5th ​Annual Monster Education Foundation Banquet


2019 Annual Report