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The stories of the journey

Schuler has helped more than 1,400 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.

My mindset was to go ahead and take the initiative, and if I’m able to do that, others will follow my lead

Schuler Scholar Kiyah Harris is a leader in school and in nature

It's a lifetime commitment to be part of the Schuler family and we are delighted at the success of our students.

Executive Director Jason Patenaude featured on business podcast

“I’m very excited to get into the healthcare industry and be a voice for my community. I don’t have access to healthcare unless I make an appointment. I want to change that.”

Sophomore Scholar wants to change healthcare for her community
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.

“So much of what we do begins with helping Schuler Scholars commit to the effort to get accepted into top colleges. From there you want them to believe that it will happen.”

“Often, a Scholar drops by our office who’s now a surgeon or a lawyer or an entrepreneur. It’s incredibly gratifying to hear their stories of success.”

Jack's Commitment to Education

“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.”

Be part of the celebration

“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