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A Rare Graduation Celebration

A Rare Graduation Celebration

Cesar Monarrez was a high school swimmer on Northside College Prep’s swimming and diving team. Eight years later, Cesar is heading off to Yale University to study medicine. Kristin Hillgamyer, who was on Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School’s running team, is training for her first Bank of America Chicago Marathon. And Alexandra Skital, who

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Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

At the age of 18, World Sport Chicago Scholar Cesar Rufino is a pre-med freshman student at Dartmouth College. Rufino is gearing up for a pre-health internship and to be a youth soccer coach this summer. As an old wives’ tale goes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. “My father is my role

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Inside The Mind Of A First-Generation Polish-American College Student

Inside The Mind Of A First-Generation Polish-American College Student

It’s finally that time of the year again — the time of the annual European Union Film Festival in Chicago. Like a book, a film begins with a character or situation we care about. Having spent most of my adult life as an immigrant, including relocating, jumping bureaucratic hurdles and dealing with social strains, I

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First-Generation Student — What Does It Take?

First-Generation Student — What Does It Take?

The Belmont-Cragin neighborhood sits on Chicago’s Northwest side. It’s not uncommon for children in this neighborhood to be low-income, minority and first-generation students. Over 95 percent of CPS students in Belmont-Cragin are eligible for free or reduced lunch. 37 percent of their parents don’t have high school diploma. And anti-violence movements such as “The Interrupters”

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Announcing the WSC Scholarship Finalists

Announcing the WSC Scholarship Finalists

With the college decision deadline quickly approaching on May 1st, high school seniors across the country are carefully considering acceptance letters, financial aid packages and the glossy college brochures they have accumulated over the past several months.  The 50 WSC Scholars are doing the same, and on May 6th, they will announce their final college

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WSC Scholars to Doha, Qatar GOALS Forum

WSC Scholars to Doha, Qatar GOALS Forum

When I was applying to World Sport Chicago, I was unaware that it is much more than a scholarship program. Being a World Sport Chicago Scholar, to me, has meant getting guidance in my education as relating to sports as well as College Mentoring, facilitating my development as an athlete, and gaining a new perspective

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College Applications in the Mail for WSC Scholars

College Applications in the Mail for WSC Scholars

The 2013 WSC Scholars have only completed four months of the 12 month WSC Scholarship Program, but last weekend was a major milestone for the students.  After meeting with their mentors, researching colleges, writing their college essays, and obtaining recommendations, the WSC Scholars submitted their official college applications, months ahead of most high school seniors. 

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WSC Scholars Determined to be College Bound

Although school is winding down for students across the city, the WSC Scholars Program is just getting started with a series of workshops and events for the WSC Scholars to attend. At the end of May while students were juggling their AP, SAT and ACT exams (plus homework!), they attended the scholarship orientation workshop at

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Welcome 2013 WSC Scholars!

Welcome 2013 WSC Scholars!

The 2013 World Sport Chicago Scholars and their families filtered into the archery range at Pulaski Park, checking in at registration to receive their workshop schedule and World Sport Chicago t-shirts.   The annual Meet and Greet signified the kick-off of the World Sport Chicago Scholarship Program, which provides students with a year-long series of workshops

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Mentor Profile: Randy Wostratzky

All students in the WSC Scholars are grouped with adult mentors and, together, they attend a series of workshops over 13 months.  The workshops guide the WSC Scholars through the college application process with the mentors at their sides, providing input based on their own college experience. Mentors are an invaluable part of the Scholars

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