Director of College Success & Scholar Supports
Alicia Ferraris serves as a Director of College Success & Scholar Supports at Chicago Scholars. In this role she supports students in their transition to college, and works to ensure that they persist through college to graduation. If you are unsure about where to find resources on campus to help you succeed, Alicia is the person to contact.
As a first-generation college student, Alicia can relate to many of the challenges faced when navigating the college system. She is passionate about working with students to help them build a community on campus and access resources that will help them reach their full potential. Alicia strives to be an advocate for students who are faced with challenges in overcoming barriers to achieve a college degree.
Alicia graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science. Since then, Alicia’s work has been dedicated to college access and success. After college, she completed a year of service with AmeriCorps, assisting 90 students in the college application process. Alicia served a second year with AmeriCorps at Loyola University Chicago, coordinating long-term service opportunities for nearly 200 students. These experiences led Alicia to DePaul University where she earned a Master of Education in Counseling with a College Student Development focus. While at DePaul, Alicia coordinated a tutor-mentor program and also served as an advisor in TRiO, where she advised students on academics, financial literacy, and career preparation.
Alicia’s biggest piece of advice to Scholars: build a support network on campus and do not be afraid to ask for help. She also challenges Scholars to step out of their comfort zones by getting involved in something new. By joining a service organization in college, Alicia developed leadership skills, and a passion for community work and confronting social inequity.
In her free time, Alicia enjoys practicing yoga, riding her bike, drinking coffee and playing board games with friends.