2017 College Scholarship Winners

Take a moment to acknowledge the accomplishments of our 2017 College Scholarship recipients and wish them the best of luck on their next journey in life.


CCEA Winners:

Andrea Bossi:

Andrea is a recent high school graduate from Lindblom Math & Science Academy where she graduated with a 4.94 GPA. She was the Secretary of Nation Honor Society and was a member of Fish Spies, a group whose main project 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. 

Her extensive list of academic achievements includes being a National Hispanic Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, AP Scholar, and the NCIWT Award for Aspirations in Computing. She also received the CPS City Science Fair Silver Award and the Ron Brown Scholars Captain.

Andrea has been extremely active in the environmental impact of her community with involvement in Go Green and Hermitage Veterans Garden, creating a community garden in one of Englewood’s food desert pockets. She was involved with the Lindblom Ambassadors program as a student mentor/tutor and Girls in the Game, a workshop designed to teach young girls about body positivity and fun in sports.

Andrea will attend Harvard University this fall.


Carolina Cannon:

Carolina is a recent high school graduate from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School where she graduated with a 3.78 GPA. 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.

Carolina’s academic accolades include being a member of National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar, and the Personal Progress Service Medallion. She also received the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy and the Bishop’s Award for Early-Morning Seminary.

On top of her academic accomplishments and activities, Carolina remains active in her community. Carolina has been involved with the Teen Advisory Board at Ronald McDonald House, Refugee One, The Crib (LGBT+ inclusive homeless shelter), LDS Church Community Service Group, Off the Sidelines Chicago, and as a 2016 Fellow of ANNpower.

Carolina will attend Columbia University this fall.


Catherine O'carroll:

Catherine is a recent high school graduate from Lane Technical College Prep High School where she graduated with a 4.94 GPA. 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.

Among her academic achievements, Catherine was a member of National Honor Society, an Illinois State Scholar, AP Capstone Program Diploma recipient, and Scholastic Art Recipient. She also received the President’s Volunteer Award for her 250+ hours of volunteer service.

Her list of service work includes aiding the Red Moon Theatre Program at After School Matters, being a member of Chicago Scholars, and volunteering with Chinese American Service League (CASL).

Catherine will attend the University of Chicago this fall.


Joshua Park:

Joshua is a recent high school graduate from Naperville North High School where he graduated with a 4.21 GPA. He is the president and founder of both the Korean Club and the Yoyo Club. 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.

During his high school years, Joshua achieved a number of academic highs, including National Honor Society, AP Scholar Award, and Illinois Student Assistance Commission State Scholar. Joshua was also maintained a 4.0 GPA for seven consecutive semesters and participated in over 100 hours of non-National Honor Society sponsored service hours.

In addition to his community service sponsored by National Honor Society, Joshua has volunteered at Camp Pride, a Korean cultural camp for adopted Korean children in Illinois, Itasca Korean Language and Cultural School, and Hanmee Church Youth Group, as part of their welcoming committee and their praise band.

Joshua will attend Wheaton College this fall.


Tufano Family Winners:

Marc Johnson:

Marc Johnson is a recent high school graduate from Lyons Township High School where he graduated 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.

His extensive list of academic achievements includes Cook County Sheriff Youth Medal of Honor, National Merit Finalist, Illinois State Scholar, National Honor Society, AP Scholar with Distinction, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Honor Society, and Academic Gold “L” Award, recognizing his 12+ consecutive quarters on the honor roll.

Community involvement has been very important to Marc as seen through his work with Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, Center for Independence Through Conductive Education, Wellness House, Lyons Township High School Bookstore, and St. John of the Cross Family Festival. Marc’s volunteering hours went above and beyond the minimum requirement for students in National Honor Society.

Marc will attend University of Notre Dame this fall.


Delnaz Patel:

Delnaz is a recent high school graduate from University of Chicago Laboratory Schools where she graduated 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. She was also Head Captain of the Varsity Tennis team.

In addition, Delnaz was an Illinois State Scholar, presented research at the American Clef-Palate Craniofacial Annual Meeting, was a Chicago Area Music Teachers Association Gold Medal Winner, and published scientific research on Cleft Skeletal Asymmetry.

Her contributions to her community include serving as the Junior Board President for Face the Future Foundation, translating medical brochures for Shriner’s Hospital for Children, developing online seminars on social ethics for Baha’i Faith Service Projects, and tutoring for High Jump Chicago.

Delnaz will attend University of Pennsylvania this fall.


Margaret Polk:

Margaret is a recent high school graduate from Amos Alonzo Stagg High School where she graduated with a 4.99 GPA. She was a member of Student Ambassadors, Social Action Club, Student Council, and Youth Government. She was also a member of the Volleyball and Soccer teams.

Margaret ranked in the top 1% of her class and was a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, as well as Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. 

She was also very active in her community through her work with her church. Margaret is part of the leadership team for the youth ministry, which involved two mission trips that she was a part of. Additionally, she spent time volunteering with Palos Community Hospital and helping with various activities around her school.

Margaret will attend Boston College this fall.