Schuler Scholar Program Selects AUSL's Collins Academy


CHICAGO – The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) announced that the Schuler Scholar Program has selected AUSL’s Collins Academy High School to provide select high-performance incoming freshman with long-term academic mentoring and support services beginning the 2012-2013 school year. Collins Academy is the first CPS school to partner with the Schuler Scholar Program. 

Launched in 2001, the Schuler Scholar Program helps students from disadvantaged backgrounds who demonstrate high-potential academic ability compete for acceptance and success in top universities.  The program is funded by the Schuler Family Foundation and was conceived by Jack Schuler, former Chief Operating Officer for Abbott Laboratories, Inc., and his daughter Tanya Schuler Sharman to provide consistent tangible support and encouragement to help bright, motivated high school students compete and succeed at the highest academic levels.  The program aims to support high schools like Collins Academy, that offer challenging AP classes and a rigorous courseload which adequately prepare students for top universities.

“We are honored that the Schuler Scholar Program chose Collins Academy as their first CPS partner,” said Dr. Donald Feinstein, Executive Director at AUSL. “This is a life-changing opportunity for some of the students about to enter Collins, and a reflection of the strong leadership, teachers and curriculum at Collins Academy.”

“We’re very excited to extend our Schuler Scholar Program to AUSL and Collins Academy High School,” said Candace Browdy, Executive Director of The Schuler Scholar Program. 

She noted that approximately 20 incoming Freshman entering Fall 2012-2013 CPS school year will be selected to participate in The Schuler Scholar Program.  Schuler will support these students through high school and college.  Each student will have access to academic enrichment programs and college counseling. 

About The Schuler Scholar Program

The Schuler Scholar Program (SSP) prepares under-resourced, high potential students to succeed at the most competitive private colleges and universities.  Schuler Scholars are typically first-generation college-bound, come from under-resourced families or communities and will need financial assistance in order to attend college. Many Scholars are from a population that is under represented on college campuses. For more information on The Schuler Scholar Program, visit:

About Academy of Urban School Leadership

AUSL is a non-profit organization working within the Chicago Public School system to turnaround the academic performance of some of the most distressed and chronically underperforming schools in the city. The organization also trains a new generation of teachers, through the Chicago Teacher Residency Program, to be successful educators in the turnaround environment.

AUSL currently runs 19 schools, including seven teacher-training academies, serving more than 10,500 students. CPS has proposed that AUSL turnaround six more neighborhood schools in Fall 2012. For more information on the Academy for Urban School Leadership, visit:


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