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Our Summer Challenge


We welcomed the Class of 2021 as our biggest class of Scholars and engaged more than 200 mentors to guide them through the college application process.

We cheered the Class of 2020 as they were accepted into colleges and universities around the country and announced their college decisions.

We connected the Classes of 2018 and 2019 with junior and senior Peer Mentors to help them maximize their first years at school.

We expanded the networks of the Class of 2017 and facilitated summer internships and employment opportunities.

We celebrated the Class of 2016 as they graduated from college, often the first in their families to receive a college diploma.

We engaged alumni to become leaders in Chicago and helped them find opportunities with employers and graduate schools.


As we join the Scholars in celebration of their achievements, we know that we are here today because of supporters like you who volunteer, mentor and give financially to Chicago Scholars. It is this community of support that empowers determined, bright young people to lead, drive change, and make Chicago the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

Now we need your help to make an even bigger impact this coming year. If you donate now, your donation will be doubled by a grant from a generous donor, who has agreed to match up to $20,000.

Please help us maximize this grant and ensure Scholars like Christopher (’20)Michera (’15), and Melissa (’16) reach their highest potential.