Onwards and Upwards
Helping our Youth Attain Higher Education

Urban GIS Scholarships

  • Donations can be made at-will during the event, or, online via http://engineering.illinois.edu/engage/make-a-gift.html – select “Other” and type in the scholarship of your choice.
  • Online donations can be made at any time as contributions are accepted (and appreciated!) on an ongoing basis.

Quiana with other college sorors

Fundraising on behalf of Kaylin Searles (daughter of Urban GIS CEO Keith Searles)

Help raise funds for a most worthy cause: Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarship Fund, and support Kaylin Searles, who actively seeks/orchestrates contribution efforts for the scholarship, in her pursuit to become Ms. Polished Pearl

Method 1 – Purchase a ticket for the Cotillion: The Polished Pearls Cotillion takes place on April 29, 2018. Please see the event flyer for more details. In order to purchase dinner tickets for the event you will need to use this link to the AKA’s scholarship fund website:http://www.ltoaka.org  Please find the pull down menu for ticket type selection and quantity of tickets in the far lower left corner of the webpage below the Ms. Prominent Pearl flyer. Please be sure to include Kaylin’s name as the debutante for which you are purchasing tickets. It is very important to do so in order for Kaylin to receive credit, and for you to be seated appropriately. After you have paid via the website’s PayPal account (credit /debit card only) please  email esearlesmd@yahoo.com so we can get an accurate headcount. Please note, tickets must be purchased before February 28, 2018.

Method 2 – Place an ad in the Polished Pearls Ad Book: The Debutantes and Escorts participating in our Cotillion, as well as our Foundation members, are authorized to solicit donations (in any amount) and advertisements, which will appear in a souvenir ad book. The souvenir book will be available on the day of the Cotillion, and checks should be made payable to Twenty Pearls Foundation, Inc. Funds may be allocated by the following means:


  • _____ Full page                                               $150.00
  • _____ Half page                                               $100.00
  • _____ Quarter page                                         $60.00
  • _____ Patron (name only, min 5 per pg.)       $35.00

Specialty Ads

Donate up to $350 FOR:

  • Inside front foldouts                     $350.00

  • Inside back cover                          $350.00

The following payments may be issued via: 

  • CHECK             
  • CASH             
  • CHECK # ___________

Please visit www.tpfinc.org for additional information, or contact Cotillion Chairman Ruby Roberson at ruby.roberson@sbcglobal.net with questions.

Thank you very much for your encouragement, well wishes, and support.


The Searles Family