2019 College Scholarship Program

2019 recipients in attendance at our Kickoff Dinner receiving their scholarships.

2019 recipients in attendance at our Kickoff Dinner receiving their scholarships.

Each year we provide scholarships to deserving Illinois high school seniors so they can attend college. We offer $2,500 scholarships that can be applied to their freshmen year of studies. 

Everyone Deserves an Education

There are approximately 44 million Americans with student loan debt. Student loan borrowers with outstanding student loans is $1.45 trillion
-(Federal Reserve Bank of New York - 2017)

We are here to lessen the financial burden for graduating high school seniors.

2019 College Scholarship Winners

Community Currency Exchange Association of Illinois Recipients


Kendyll Cole is a senior at Lindblom Math and Science Academy where she will be graduating with a 5.14/5.0 GPA.

She is an Illinois State Scholar, with the distinction of being on the Principal’s List throughout her high school tenure, a member of the National Honor Society, an AP Scholar and receiving the JROTC Superior Cadet Award.

While maintaining excellent grades, Kendyll has also been involved in many school-

Back 2 S for provid the tools related activities. She was a foreign exchange student in the Building a Sustainable Mega-City in Beijing, China, through Council on International Educational Exchange. She participated in the Schuler Scholar Program, was cocreator and cofacilitator in the Social Justice Workshop, event coordinator for the Lindblom Writing Center Plus Peer Tutor program, and served as a First Sergeant, Platoon Leader and Battalion Leader for the ROTC Summer Boot Camp. She also played four years of softball, during which she was captain, MVP and Summer All-Star player.

Outside of school, Kendyll has volunteered with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and the Environmental Stewardship program, and was a production and sales assistant for Adonia Naturale, a hygiene product line. Kendyll also worked in high school for After School Matters in a tennis academy.

Kendyll will most likely attend Carnegie Mellon University this fall.


Destiny Coleman is a senior at Lindblom Math and Science Academy where she will be graduating with a 4.5/4.0 GPA.

Destiny is currently a Lindblom Teaching Apprentice. She has also devoted her time to activities at Lindblom, including serving as a Student Voice committee representative, cofounder and student representative at Peer Conference, Chicago Scholar Ambassador, member of Black Girl Magic and Launch Scholar Leadership Council, and an ambassador for the school. Destiny has also been very active in athletics, playing both rugby and badminton.

In the community, Destiny was a Back to School Water Festival volunteer, working with sponsors, organizing activities and collaborating with peers. She has held different jobs while in high school, as an intern for the South-East Asia Community Center and a summer learning intern for the Sherman Park Chicago Public Library branch.

Destiny plans to attend University of Illinois this fall.


Priscilla Kwan is a senior at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School where she will be graduating with a 3.79/4.0 GPA.

Priscilla received academic honors as a member of the National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, Honor Roll both freshman and sophomore years, and Principal’s Scholar her junior and senior years.

During her high school tenure, Priscilla was involved in numerous clubs and organizations including the Asian American Club, where she served as recording secretary and choreographer for Tinikling Dance. She was also an Academics Editor for the Yearbook Club, member of the Freshman Mentors, Young Doctor’s League and Key Club.

Priscilla has spent time volunteering at 3P4Care Clinic working for a doctor. Other service work has included tutoring schoolchildren and supporting teachers at St. Therese Chinese Catholic School, and working as a teacher’s assistant at a summer program at Chinese Christian Union Church.

Pricilla plans to attend University of Illinois this fall.


Ashley Martinez is a senior at Rauner College Prep where she will be graduating with a 4.56/4.0 GPA.

Academically, Ashley has excelled and was listed on the Honor Roll all four years of high school. She was named a member of the National Honor Society, was named a Posse Nominee, and was honored as a Scholar Athlete, for Perfect Attendance, as Biologist of the Year and for Band Play of the Month.

Ashley’s school-related activities include participating in Summer of a Lifetime, a career-oriented program, Pre-College Health Science Scholars, Medicina Academy Apprentice Program STEM Honors and a study abroad program. Ashley also was a member of the wind ensemble and played both softball and rugby.

As far as volunteering her time, Ashley worked at both her church and local elementary school. She has also helped out at her high school with report card pickup and at the day care to help teachers with their children.

Outside of school, Ashley has recently started working at a local Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Ashley plans to attend Lafayette College or the University of Michigan this fall.

Tufano Family Recipients


Maggie Hollerman is a senior at DePaul College Prep High School where she will be graduating with a 3.5/4.0 GPA. She was on the honor roll for three semesters and was a member of the French Honors Society.

Maggie has been very active in school activities. She served as a student ambassador and was a member of the Theater Society for two years, one of which she served as treasurer. For all four years at DePaul, she worked on the school newspaper and had stints as co-editor, news editor and co-head editor. Additionally, Maggie spent time as a photographer for Student Historians, has written for “Cup of Joe,” the school newscast, and was a member of the speech team.

Volunteering and community work have also been important to Maggie. She has given her time to the Big Shoulders Fund, which provides support to inner-city schools, and has helped at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy and Parish in many ways such as taking photos and decorating for holiday events, repairing an outdoor space and painting lockers. Also, Maggie worked throughout her four years in high school as a babysitter.

Maggie plans to attend the University of Illinois, Marquette, or Loyola University Chicago this fall.


Justin Powell is a senior at Walter Payton College Prep High School where he will be graduating with a 4.5/4.0 GPA.

Justin has an impressive list of academic credentials. He achieved a perfect ACT score of 36, was a National AP Scholar with Distinction, a three-time National Latin Exam Gold Medalist, took first place in state at the Illinois Journalism Association competition and had a perfect score on the National Latin Exam.

Aside from his academic achievements, Justin spent time in school as the varsity/club volleyball team captain and was a member of the jazz band. Also, he was president of three organizations: Black Student Union, Payton Men of Color and Senior Steering Committee.

Justin has given back to the community by volunteering for Feed My Starving Children and Trinity United Church of Christ.

On top of all his other responsibilities, Justin worked throughout much of his high school years as an assistant for Keys 2 Broadway and Beverly Behavioral Health, and more recently at a local Culver’s restaurant.

Justin plans to attend the University of Southern California this fall.



Brandon Lee is a senior at New Trier High School where he will be graduating with a 5.23/4.0 GPA.

Academically, Brandon has racked up an impressive list of honors. He received honors distinction at the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad, placing in the top 150 high school chemists in the country. He was in the Gold Division of the USA Computing Olympiad, received qualification in the American Invitational Mathematics Examination, took first in state in the Science Olympiad “Robotic Arm” and second in state in anatomy and physiology.

Brandon has been active in many school-related activities as student chair of CompSciClub, captain of the WYSE Academic Competition, teacher’s assistant for Multivariable Calculus, and lead programmer and CAD designer for Newton Busters robotic team, which competes in the FTC division of the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Brandon has also volunteered many hours at NorthShore University HeathSystem hospital and was cofounder and board member of BinaryHeart, an organization that collects, fixes and donates computers to those in need.

Brandon plans to attend Yale or Princeton University this fall.

Hugo Sonnenschein III Charitable Fund Recipient


Gabriel Laniewski is a senior at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School where he will be graduating with a 4.0/4.0 GPA.

Gabriel’s academic honors included being a National Merit Scholar semifinalist, CIEE Global Navigator Scholar, two-time state finalist in the Illinois Science Fair Essay Competition, Phillips Exeter class award winner for Excellence in History & Spanish, runner-up finalist to the congressional app challenge, state honor delegate to the Illinois Association of Student Councils and Carnegie Mellon University Summer Academy for Math & Science Scholar.

Gabriel has also volunteered as supervisor for Catholic Charities of Chicago’s St. Blasé Food Pantry, at the Chicago Public Library and served as a Chess for Children organizer, and was the director of Community Partnerships at Chicode: Chicago Hackathon League, among other charitable works. He also worked jobs as a math and science tutor, as a babysitter, doing tech support and acting as a Mikva Challenge student election judge.

Gabriel plans to attend Princeton University this fall.


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