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HFS Chicago Scholars

  • Jennett Wilson
  • Senior Director of Academics for College Advancement
  • (312) 421-4070

Program Description

We provide the following to our scholars: Financial assistance to attend top Chicago private high schools. Academic Directors dedicated to each high school class and one-on-one mentors. Four-year written commitment specifying performance expectations. College visits, selection, and admissions support. Our scholars respond to the opportunity by working hard to achieve success and unlock their long-term potential. Our scholars' achievements are astounding: On average, over 80% of our scholars make the honor roll of the top schools in the city. Our scholars are school leaders, serving as class officers, team captains and club presidents, and annually give over 4,000 hours to community service 100% of our graduates are accepted to and attend top colleges and universities.

Best Practices Library

One-to-one mentoring

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 4%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 59%
  • Other: 1%
  • African American: 35%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 138
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing
  • Undocumented Students (5)


  • Between 50% and 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 90%