The Schuler Network

When it comes to success, who you know is just as important as what you know—a factor Schuler has incorporated into its program by providing Scholars access to professional networking and career opportunities, such as the Internship and Career Fair that took place on January 7, 2016.

A tremendous success, the Internship and Career Fair featured career consultant Claudia Montgomery, who spoke to College and Alumni Scholars on how to network and build a personal brand, as well as 35 different organizations, who were looking to hire for internships, fellowships, and full-time opportunities.

Representing two of the organizations were alumni Ajan Caneda with HealthSmart and Julio Guzman with the Lake Forest Open Lands Association. Both are graduates of Waukegan High School and had attended the fair as College Scholars in the past.

"I was recruiting summer interns for HealthSmart International and after the fair I knew there were many promising candidates to choose from. I met students from every class year and the amount of poise and professionalism was evident across the board. The diversity in majors, extracurricular involvement and career goals truly reflects the best aspects of the Schuler Scholar Program," reflected Ajan.

They weren’t the only ones impressed with our Scholars. “I was blown away by the diversity of the students at the career fair, diversity that goes beyond just ethnicity. It was an incredible range of backgrounds, interests, schools, education-levels, work experience, etc. However, there was one thing that all of them shared and showed equally - a passion to succeed and be known to the various employers,” said Alex Salvedo from Procter and Gamble. “[The career fair is] a tremendous opportunity for any employer to meet high caliber, truly motivated, and passionate individuals.”

Over 100 College and Alumni Scholars attended the event, ready to network and land opportunities. Here is what they had to say about the event:

“I loved every aspect of the event! Right off, I found the morning professional development presentation by Claudia Montgomery very useful because it helped me feel prepared to present myself in the best manner. It really helped to hear Claudia speak in a very honest and straightforward manner. Then, my experience at the actual fair was also very good. I spoke to a lot of great companies, and connected with three specific companies for which I submitted job applications. Thank you very much for putting on the event, I really appreciate the opportunity to grow as a professional, and to network with many great companies.” - Yessi Gomez, Round Lake Senior High School '12, Bucknell University '16

“I thought the professional development presentation was a perfect way to transition into a career fair and reminded me of how I should act if I want to land a job.” - Devang Patel, Maine East High School '15, Claremont McKenna College '19

“I really enjoyed the internship fair. I loved our guest speaker and my biggest takeaway was to stay connected and to make a list of the networks I have. I am working on creating a spreadsheet to do that. I also plan to apply to 4 internships.” - Jessica Ilc, Maine East High School '15, Macalester College '19

“Being able to learn new networking tips and then immediately put them into practice in a space that is filled with people that are willing to be supportive and understanding that this may be your first time actually networking is amazing. It's built up my confidence and helped me practice for events and career fairs on my college campus. It's also a great opportunity to reconnect with other Scholars and talk to them about what they've been doing over breaks and get the inside scoop on some opportunities I wasn't aware of or thinking about. Not to mention I've always gotten an internship from this fair!” - Natalia Nevarez, Round Lake High School '13, Lafayette College '17

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 Alicia Adams: The First Schuler Scholar to Enroll in Medical School
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This fall Alicia Adams began her medical studies at Rush University in Chicago and was awarded the National Health Service Corps Scholarship.  This prestigious scholarship was awarded this year to 250 students with a demonstrated commitment to providing high quality primary care in underserved communities. When Alicia first started at Brown University, she had no intentions of pursuing a career in medicine. For years, she saw family members and friends dread their medical visits because they were uninsured or publicly insured and were treated…Read more

Schuler Scholars Visit Canadian Shakespeare Festival

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Columbus Day Weekend College Visits

 Columbus Day Weekend College Visits
10/11/2011

Schuler Scholars, over the weekend of October 8th, 2011, took some of the country's finest colleges by storm, embarking on visits to Beloit College, Carleton College, Colorado College, Cornell College, Davidson College, DePauw University, Grinnell College, Lawrence University, Macalester College, Stanford University, and Vanderbilt University. Scholars went on tours, attended information sessions, and engaged in other activities on the beautiful campuses of these eleven fantastic schools. Check out the right column for some great photos of these…Read more

MEHS Scholars Explore Indian Culture

 MEHS Scholars Explore Indian Culture
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MEHS Scholars visit the Museum of Contemporary Art

 MEHS Scholars visit the Museum of Contemporary Art
09/15/2011

On a sunny August afternoon, eight Maine East Scholars visited the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Chicago, exploring several exhibitions that pushed scholars out of their comfort zones and challenged their conceptions of what art truly is.  As scholars viewed a collection of pieces by Mark Bradford, they discussed the artist’s use of shapes and collage techniques, as well as Bradford’s incorporation of social commentary into his pieces.  After perusing the exhibitions, scholars ordered burgers from the Museum Grill and ate them on…Read more

Schuler Scholars go to Work with Habitat For Humanity

 Schuler Scholars go to Work with Habitat For Humanity
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During the summer of 2010, ten scholars participated in a service project for Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, Louisiana. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that seeks to eliminate poverty and homelessness by providing decent shelter to those in need.   Under the supervision of Habitat for Humanity leaders, the Scholars and Scholar Coaches spent five days working on a home construction site in an area ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. To build on the success of the 2010 Habitat for Humanity New Orleans trip, the Schuler…Read more

Scholar College Attendance List 2011

09/01/2011

In 2011, Schuler Scholars were admitted to the schools that follow: American University (6), Amherst College (5), Babson College, Bard College, Barnard College (2), Bates College (4), Beloit College (5), Bennington College, Bentley College, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University (5), Brown University (2), Bryn Mawr College (2), Bucknell College (6), Butler University, Carleton College (4), Case Western Reserve (9), Clarkson University, Colgate University (3), Colorado College (7), Columbia University…Read more