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

Schuler Scholars and Parents Meet Up for College Life Panel and Parent Discussion

 Schuler Scholars and Parents Meet Up for College Life Panel and Parent Discussion
11/29/2011

On Monday, November 21st at Warren Township High School’s O’Plaine Campus, Schuler Scholars either in their senior year of high school or at varying stages of their post-secondary lives met up, along with their parents, to discuss college life, the transition to college, and how the parent-student relationship changes upon matriculation to college. Following a delicious dinner, the large group split into three: a Spanish-speaking parent group, an English-speaking parent group, and a group consisting exclusively of Scholars. Each group had…Read more

Schuler Scholar Kathleen O'Connor Earns Accolades as Ram Volleyball Star

 Schuler Scholar Kathleen O'Connor Earns Accolades as Ram Volleyball Star
11/15/2011

A 2010 graduate of Waukegan High School, Schuler College Scholar Kathleen O'Connor has been tearing up the volleyball courts as a sophomore outside hitter for the Cornell College Rams varsity squad. An article from Cornell's website reads, in part: "On a day Cornell's volleyball team hit the road for St. Louis, Mo., in its first trip to the national tournament, sophomore Kathleen O'Connor became the first Ram in program history to earn first team all-region accolades. O'Connor was honored on the 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA)…Read more

Maine East Scholars Give Time, Energy to Help Those in Need on South Side

 Maine East Scholars Give Time, Energy to Help Those in Need on South Side
11/10/2011

On the morning of November 5th, 25 freshman and sophomore scholars from Maine East High School volunteered their time and energy at the St. Columbanus Parish Food Pantry.  The pantry serves over 500 families per week, providing food and other necessities in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the south side of Chicago.  This neighborhood, like many in the cities of the Midwest, is historically blue-collar, and has been hit hard by the economic recession with disproportionately high unemployment.  The director of the food pantry, Mrs. LaVerne…Read more

Care Package Assembly Night a Huge Success

 Care Package Assembly Night a Huge Success
11/10/2011

On Tuesday, November 1st, parents of freshmen Schuler College Scholars came together at Warren Township High School to assemble care packages for 74 Schuler college freshmen.  From hot chocolate and tea to popcorn and candy, the care packages will deliver freshmen many college “essentials!” Plus, packages include Schuler pennants, notepads, and water bottles so that our new College Scholars can share their Schuler pride with their campus communities. As they dined and assembled their boxes together, parents enjoyed sharing college stories…Read more

Alicia Adams: The First Schuler Scholar to Enroll in Medical School

 Alicia Adams: The First Schuler Scholar to Enroll in Medical School
11/03/2011

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

 Schuler Scholars Visit Canadian Shakespeare Festival
10/31/2011

From July 13th-17th, a group of Schuler Scholars visited the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. This group, chosen for their love of literature and theatre, took the eight and a half hour drive to Ontario to experience world-class stagings of four Shakespearean masterpieces and one contemporary classic. They attended performances of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, Richard III, The Twelfth Night, The Merry Wives of Windsor and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. They were also treated to a Theatre Workshop with two of the festival’s…Read more

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