Senior Associate of College Success
Samantha Edwards joins Chicago Scholars as a Senior Associate of College Success. As a member of Team Lift, she is dedicated to ensuring that our Scholars are provided with the necessary support to persist through college. If you are wondering where to find resources on campus, Samantha is the person to reach out to.
Samantha attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Sociology with a minor in Moral and Political Philosophy. As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, she experienced firsthand many of the obstacles faced by our Scholars. She is passionate about supporting and empowering students from under-resourced communities to meet their fullest potential.
Following graduation, Samantha moved to Chicago to serve as an AmeriCorps City Year member at a high school on Chicago’ South Side. In that role, she supported a 9thgrade Algebra classroom by providing individual and group academic instruction, behavior interventions and supporting students to increase their daily attendance. During that year, her meaningful relationships with her students and newfound love for Chicago prompted her to remain in the city for graduate school. Samantha went on to the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration where she earned a Master’s in Social Work.
Samantha’s advice for Scholars would be to find a social support system on campus. As a first-generation student, Samantha often questioned whether she belonged at her university and finding a social support system helped to alleviate those feelings of isolation. Lastly, do not be afraid to ask questions and explore new things. College is a time to discover new passions and hobbies; so don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone.
Samantha loves exploring new parts of Chicago, especially finding cool green spaces amid the bustling city life. One of her favorite places to reflect and relax is the Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park.