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Chicago’s Got Talent: Newsletter – Q3

We would like to share with you the amazing quarter Chicago Scholars has had through the experience of one of our Scholars. Ruben Bautista, a Scholar from the graduating class of 2016, only imagined what it’d be like to go to a top tier university. He never thought of himself as capable of reaching that level of education. After receiving the Chicago Scholars Education and Leadership Development Grant, Ruben was able to study abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Once his experiences began to expand from beyond the gates of his community, so did his goals.

Ruben says, “Harvard and Yale were universities I associated with movies and guys on T.V. It was a life changing experience being in London and meeting students just like me who attended these Ivy League schools. I now plan on attending Harvard or Yale law post undergraduate.”

Students like Ruben, who are academically ambitious and aspire to reach new heights, are the leaders and believers Chicago Scholars is harvesting. Thank you to all of our supporters who help make our Scholars’ dreams become real life goals. We invite you all to take a look at our 3rd quarter newsletter and witness the great things we are doing to make sure our Scholars succeed.


We uniquely select, train, and mentor academically ambitious students from under-resourced communities to complete college and become the next generation of leaders who will transform their neighborhoods and our city.