College Scholarship Program

  2017 College Scholarship Program Winners

2017 College Scholarship Program Winners

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.

Funding for College Scholarship Program is made possible through the generosity of:

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

Applications are currently being reviewed and the winners for the 2018 College Scholarship Program will be contacted and presented their scholarships at our 2018 Kickoff Dinner on May 9, 2018 at Galleria Marchetti

Tickets to the dinner can be purchased here.



Scholarship recipients receive two complimentary tickets to the May 9, 2018 Back 2 School Illinois' Kickoff Dinner Event at Galleria Marchetti. 

2017 College Scholarship Winners

Community Currency Exchange Association of Illinois Recipients

Andrea Bossi is a high school senior at Lindblom Math & Science Academy where she will be graduating with a 4.94 GPA. She has an impressive list of academic accomplishments as well extracurricular activities, including Secretary of Nation Honor Society and involvement with Fish Spies, which involved building a camera apparatus to record first-ever footage of icefish in Antartica. Additionally, she was captain of the Varsity Girls’ Soccer team as well as the Cross Country team and a member of Computational Thinking 4 Girls. 


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Carolina Cannon is a high school senior at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School where she will be graduating with a 3.78 GPA. Her list of school-related activities and leadership roles is quite admirable. She was involved with Acting for Gender Equality (Co-Founder & President), The Young Company-Theatre Department (Production Stage Manager), Seminary Class President, Unisex Bathroom Advisory Committee, and the Young Feminist Advisory Board. 


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Catherine O'Carroll is a high school senior at Lane Technical College Prep High School where she will graduate with a 4.94 GPA. She was involved in numerous clubs and activities during her four-year tenure. Catherine was a member of the National Chinese Honor Society and German International Club, both of which she served as President during her senior year. Furthermore, Catherine was a member of the Swim and Water Polo teams, ACES Mentors, Key Club, and the Science Olympiad. 



Joshua Park is a high school senior at Naperville North High School where he will graduate with a 4.21 GPA. He has a diverse list of school-released activities including Korean Club and Yoyo Club, both of which he is the President & Founder. Additionally, Joshua has been involved with Technical Crew for Theatre Productions, Auto Club, Peer Tutoring, High Strung/Camerata Orchestras, as well as being a member of the Tennis and Soccer teams.


Tufano Family Recipients

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Marc Johnson is a high school senior at Lyons Township High School where he will graduate with a 5.33 GPA. His involvement with extracurriculars includes Math Team (Vice-President), Business Professionals of America (Treasurer), National Honor Society (Co-President), and Math Peer Tutor. 



Delnaz Patel is a high school senior at University of Chicago Laboratory Schools where she will graduate with a 3.97 GPA. She was nominated by fellow students and faculty to serve on the school’s Disciplinary Review Board, acted as the Assistant for the Dean of Students Office, and was a member of the Science Olympiad Team. Athletics were also an integral part of her high school experience as Delnaz was Head Capitan of the Varsity Tennis team.


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Margaret Polk is a high school senior at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School where she will graduate with a 4.99 GPA. She has been very active with extracurriculars with involvement in Student Ambassadors, Social Action Club, Student Council, and Youth Government. She was also a member of the Volleyball and Soccer teams. 




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