Senior Associate of Mentors & Volunteers
Emily Ellermann joins Chicago Scholars as a Senior Associate of Mentors & Volunteers. Prior to this role, she served as a mentor for the Scholar classes of 2020 and 2021. As part of the Mentors & Volunteers team, she is focused on recruiting, training and communicating with the many mentors and volunteers who give their time and energy to help Scholars along their path to college admittance and graduation. If you want to become a mentor or volunteer with Chicago Scholars, Emily can get you started!
With a life-long passion for education and the opportunities education provides, Emily is motivated by working alongside mentors and volunteers as they encourage and support Scholars through the college application, selection and campus transition process. She understands that the college search process can be challenging and believes that students should be both encouraged through mentorship and supported through resources to help make college decisions.
Emily graduated with honors from Wittenberg University with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and French. Emily was a member of the Division III Women’s Swimming Team, held a work-study job, tutored in the language center, studied abroad and volunteered with the American International Association to help international students make connections on campus. As a senior, she also worked on campus as an Intern in the Office of Admissions where she led admission interviews, assisted with new student visit days and coordinated the campus tour guide program. After graduation, Emily was an English-teacher in a French high school, where the majority of students came from immigrant families. Upon returning to the United States, Emily worked as an accountant and served as a counselor for an international exchange student program. In 2013, Emily moved to Chicago to continue her career in higher education as a Program Associate at IES Abroad, a study and internship abroad provider working with 200+ colleges and universities.
Emily’s advice to Scholars is to look for opportunities to connect on campus in ways they may never have thought about before; some of the best connections come out of unexpected moments! Her advice to Mentors is to share their college experiences, both the successes and the challenges, openly with Scholars who always appreciate the insight!
After hours, Emily enjoys exploring all that Chicago has to offer, going on runs by the lake, drinking too many cups of coffee and celebrating when the Denver Broncos win a game!