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Schuler Scholar Program

  • Schuler Scholar Program
  • 28161 N. Keith Dr.
  • Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • 2001

Program Description

The Schuler Scholar Program (SSP) prepares students who are bright and motivated, but underserved, to succeed at the most competitive colleges and universities. Schuler Scholars are typically first-generation college-bound, come from under-resourced families and communities, and will need financial assistance in order to attend college. Many Scholars are from a population that is under-represented on college campuses.

We believe that high-achieving but vulnerable students will be successful in obtaining a college degree if they are motivated, have access to academic and enrichment programs while in high school, are well informed of college options, receive support from a wide network, and secure financial assistance.

Success Stories

Schuler Scholar Alicia Adams graduated from Waukegan High School in 2007. As a student at Brown University, she discovered how a career in medicine could combine her interests in science and social justice. She received the prestigious National Health Services Corps Scholarship, an award for medical students dedicated to serving communities with limited access to care, and began her studies at Rush Medical College in 2011. Upon graduation from medical school, Alicia plans to practice family medicine and work at a free community clinic where she hopes to integrate the provision of social support services into her practice.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • 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
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Other
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 10%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 19%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 44%
  • Other: 6%
  • African American: 19%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 403
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 256
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Amherst College
  • Bates College
  • Beloit College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Bucknell University
  • Carleton College
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Colby College
  • Colgate University
  • Colorado College
  • Connecticut College
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Davidson College
  • Denison University
  • DePauw University
  • Dickinson College
  • Earlham College
  • Emory University
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Haverford College
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Kenyon College
  • Knox College
  • Lafayette College
  • Lake Forest College
  • Lawrence University
  • Macalester College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Middlebury College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Occidental College
  • Pitzer College
  • Pomona College
  • Princeton University
  • Scripps College
  • Skidmore College
  • Smith College
  • Stanford University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Tufts University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Rochester
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Williams College
  • Yale University

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%