Meet Carlos Rivas, College Counselor


Carlos Rivas (Claremont McKenna, ‘12) believes every Chicago student who wants to go to college should be able to go to college.

As he puts it, “too often successful Chicago students aren’t accessing college because of so many different factors. Where you attend high school should not determine limitations in college access.” 

Carlos is no stranger to the obstacles impeding many students in our city: Carlos, now a counselor for the Noble Network of Charter Schools, is a Chicago Scholar from the Class of 2012. Carlos says he joined Chicago Scholars as a counselor because he wanted to give back to an organization that helped him. Now, he is proud to be building connections with students from across the city and helping students of varied backgrounds access college.

“My favorite part of being a counselor is reading over personal statements to see where I can inspire and push our students to do better. I have learned so much from my Scholars.” 

The Chicago Scholars college counseling program pairs Scholars with a professional college counselor for eight one-on-one college counseling sessions.  The Counselors guide the Scholars through a specialized curriculum designed to increase the number of college applications a Scholar submits, ensure on-time post secondary enrollment, and elevate match and fit for a student's college choice.

Check out the remarkable key outcomes from our data-driven college counseling program in our Match and Fit report: