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The stories of the journey

Schuler has helped more than 1,200 first-generation students, students of color, and low-income students in Chicago on their path to college and career. This is how they learn and grow with the program and how they use the Scholar skills of resilience, self-confidence, and intellectual curiosity to succeed.

“There is no way we would have had this experience without Jack.”

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"Schuler let me explore what I wanted in a college."

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“You learn a lot about yourself working overseas.”

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Meet the scholars, celebrate the milestones

Alumni Scholars are the leaders of the future. They become doctors, Fulbright Scholars, aeronautical engineers, teachers, social workers, environmental activists, librarians, and more. Some Scholars pursue post-graduate degrees while others have gone on to work for places like Microsoft and Google, the U.S. Attorney’s office, local government, Chicagoland schools, and universities around the country. Whatever their aspirations, our Scholars have the drive, the discipline, and the skills to achieve everything they set out to do.

“I majored in economics and French and I never would have guessed how much a French degree would help. Being able to articulate ideas well, it's such a strong skill, from my French degree.”

Connecting learning and career

“We want to give them a sense of their accomplishment, in this rite of passage.”

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“To be able to connect with people, exposures have been really important in building my skills.”

How exposures help students

“We start working with students before they go to high school, to kick off their Schuler career. We put barriers in front of them. They think they can’t do it, but they can and do.”

Why the camp experience matters

“What does rubbing two sticks together to make a fire have to do with getting a student into Princeton? Here’s the story that shows you.”

Why the camp experience matters

“The curator showed us 5,000 year old cuneiform tablets, medieval prayer scrolls from Ethiopia, and other incredible artifacts. I was hooked.”

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