College-prep program helps students be ‘best person they can be’


By Tracy Gruen, Pioneer Local PARK RIDGE -- Kids in the Schuler Scholar Program will be the first in their families to proudly walk across the stage to receive their college diploma. The Schuler Scholar Program at Maine East High School chooses two-dozen high-achieving eighth-graders each year to participate in the program. Chosen students are the first in their families to attend college and those who wouldn’t be able to go to college without financial assistance. The goal of the program is to prepare the eighth-graders for admission and…Read more

First generation advocate sees fruits of her labor


By Karen Berkowitz, Pioneer Local DEERFIELD — Commentators have lamented that young people today may never attain the lifestyle or economic security enjoyed by their parents. But Candace Browdy can rightly say she’s helping some deserving teenagers gain advantages their parents never had in pursuit of the American dream. The Deerfield mother of two is executive director of the Lake Forest-based Schuler Scholar Program, which identifies teens early on who would be the first in their families to attend college. Browdy’s organization then…Read more

Round Lake Schuler Scholar to attend Tufts University

 Round Lake Schuler Scholar to attend Tufts University

By Beth Kramer, Lake County News-Sun As the first person in his family to graduate from high school, Jose Caballero-Ortega, 18, thought his college options were limited. He wasn’t sure how to finance community college, let alone go away to a four-year institution. Being a Schuler Scholar opened Caballero-Ortega’s eyes to a world of possibilities. He just graduated from Round Lake High School and will attend Tufts University, Mass. this fall. He plans to be a doctor. “Schuler is not just a scholarship — it’s a family. They’re there…Read more

Schuler Scholars partnering with District 187


By Judy Masterson/Lake County News-Sun Schuler Scholars, a program that prepares low-income, highly motivated high school students for admission to the nation’s top colleges and universities, is coming to North Chicago. When it opens at North Chicago High School next fall, Schuler, which began at Waukegan High in 2001, will be operating in six schools in Lake County, including Warren Township, Round Lake, Highland Park and St. Martin de Porres in Waukegan. Schuler Executive Director Candace Browdy said the decision to partner…Read more

RLHS Scholars Visit St. Columbanus

 RLHS Scholars Visit St. Columbanus

Round Lake High School Schuler Scholars kicked off the year’s Social Awareness and Action initiative with a trip down to the St. Columbanus Parish Food Pantry in the Park Manor neighborhood of Chicago. Nineteen Scholars and three Scholar Coaches pitched in to help prepare dry goods bags for the 500 families St. Columbanus currently serves each week. Scholars unpacked palates of food, set up assembly lines, and shuttled bags to the drop-off station; their energy and strong muscles combined to pack 409 bags! Many Scholars expressed interest in returning…Read more

Warren Grads in Special Program Heading to Prestigious Colleges


By Bob Susnjara/The Daily Herald Warren Township High School in Gurnee has graduated its first class of students who were part of a foundation’s academic program designed to provide them the tools to enter exclusive colleges. Officials at Gurnee-based Warren District 121 say they couldn’t be more pleased with the results for the 24 Schuler scholars who will attend prestigious schools such as Yale, Bucknell and Vanderbilt universities.   Warren’s commencement was Saturday at Northwestern University in Evanston. Jeff Brierton, principal…Read more

Lake County’s Schuler Scholars follow the Ivy


The Schuler Scholar program arrived in Lake County a decade ago with the goal of preparing disadvantaged but highly motivated high school students for acceptance into the nation’s top institutions of higher learning, including ivy league schools like Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and Brown. Since then, Schuler Scholars from high schools in Waukegan, Round Lake, Gurnee and Highland Park — and Maine East in Park Ridge — have been accepted into those and other highly selective colleges and universities. They have also been awarded millions in scholarships…Read more

Scholars compete for the Schuler Cup

Scholars compete for the Schuler Cup