Meet the Scholar: Daniel Collazo, Class of 2020
“I want the youth to know that they have a voice, and I will help represent and amplify their voices because they deserve to be heard.”
– Daniel Collazo, Class of 2020
Though Daniel’s parents did not go to college, he knew he wanted to get a college degree and was admitted to the Chicago Scholars program. But when his father passed away as he entered his senior year of high school, Daniel put aside his dream of going to college and felt as though he was at a total loss. He credits Chicago Scholars with helping him get through this terrible time and supporting him through the college application process.
“Chicago Scholars took me in with open arms and helped me try to get passed that loss. Thanks to Chicago Scholars, they made me feel worthy of attending college, and helped me realize that despite my experiences, I will succeed.”
Now, as a freshman at Loyola University, Daniel has found that being actively involved on campus helps him relieve stress, make friends, and have fun.
“Chicago Scholars has changed my life. I am forever grateful for the many opportunities I’ve been blessed with; from financial assistance, to answering all of my questions, Chicago Scholars has helped me beyond my belief. They helped me realize that I am not alone during my time in college. They also helped me realize what inspires me to succeed.”
Daniel’s Vision for the Future
After graduating, Daniel plans to pursue a career in the media, and is currently exploring what internship options at Chicago radio stations, television stations and newspapers. Ultimately, Daniel would like to become a news anchor and hopes to work to change the media representation of minority populations and the city of Chicago.
“My long-term vision for the City of Chicago is to give Chicago a better reputation; Chicago gets a bad rep and I want to help correct that stereotype. I want to help Chicago youth get connected with opportunities, such as Chicago Scholars, so they can receive even more opportunities to better their environment.”
Daniel is in his first year at Loyola University, where is is majoring in Journalism with a minor in Public Relations. He is active in ACE (Achieving College Excellence) and Brothers 4 Excellence, through which he enjoys trips to Loyola’s Woodstock retreat center for high ropes courses and outdoor activities. He is from the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago.