Our Scholars

Our Scholars

99 scholars currently participate in the HighSight high school program.
Scholars by Gender: 60% Female and 40% Male.
Scholars by Ethnicity: 58% Latino, 39% African-American and 2% Other.
The median household income of the HighSight families is $29,400

HighSight identifies prospective applicants through a network of schools, programs and community based organizations. Students from Chicago submit applications in the winter of their eighth-grade year. Finalists and their parents are interviewed by HighSight's selection committee. Qualifying students are awarded partial four-year scholarships based upon financial need, character, attitude and academic potential.

The Impact

More than 90% of all HighSight scholars make the honor roll consistently.
3.71 is the overall cumulative grade point average for HighSight scholars.
100% of HighSight scholars enroll into four-year colleges each year.

HighSight's mission goes beyond awarding scholarships. HighSight challenges its scholars academically and socially to meet the demands of high school and prepare them to succeed in college and in life. HighSight scholars show a desire to get an excellent high school education, are committed to their future, are willing to work hard, graduate from a very selective college, and give back to their community.

Alumni Spotlights

Brittney Miles

Brittney Miles

Jacky Neri '09

Jacky Neri '09

Kenyon College '13
Jacky Neri '09

Jacky Neri '09 Details

Jacky graduated from Kenyon in May 2013. She is currently a faculty member at St. Margaret's School in Virginia. During the fall semester of her junior year at Kenyon College, Jacky was accepted into a 16 week program at The Philadelphia Center, one of the nation's oldest experiential education and off-campus study programs, where students work 32 hours a week in an internship they choose, enroll in two seminars, and live independently in Philadelphia. Jacky's seminars were Dialogues across Differences: Constructions of Race in America and Exploring Relationships in Fiction and Film: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality. Her internship was at MoMobile, part of Maternity Care Coalition, a dynamic nonprofit organization dedicating itself to improving maternal and child health and well-being through the collaborative efforts of individuals, families, providers, and communities. Jacky's two sisters, Tania and Patricia, are also HighSight scholars. Tania graduated from Holy Trinity in 2011 and is attending National Louis University and Patricia '15, also a Holy Trinity graduate, is currently enrolled at Knox College.

Delana Colvin '07

Delana Colvin '07

DePauw University '11
Delana Colvin '07

Delana Colvin '07 Details

Delana is pursuing her master's degree at DePaul University's College of Communication studying Organizational and Multicultural Communication. In May 2011 she graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana with a bachelor degree in Communication. She is also workis for Girls Who Code in Chicago. Her sister Diamond, also a HighSight scholar and Mother McAuley alumna, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cecilia Marchan '07

Cecilia Marchan '07

Hiram College '11
Cecilia Marchan '07

Cecilia Marchan '07 Details

Cecilia graduated from Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science in May of 2011. At Hiram, Cecilia was a Resident Assistant for three years, highly recognized by the Office of Residential Education and Dean for her service as a community leader and level of involvement on campus through various activities. Cecilia currently works as the Coordinator for Global Initiatives at DePaul University's Loop Campus working with the local and global academic community. She continues to have ties with the Pilsen community and represents DePaul University in Pilsen Neighbors Community Council's University Round Table. Cecilia has plans of pursuing her graduate studies at DePaul's School of Law and Master's in International Studies.

Claudia Gomez '06

Claudia Gomez '06

Monmouth College '10
Claudia Gomez '06

Claudia Gomez '06 Details

Claudia is a Peace Corps in Guatemala serving as a volunteer. During her first month of service she visited communities with health center educators to prioritize which ones were in higher need. After this needs assessment, she chose five communities in which she will be focusing her work. Claudia's two years of service have been in Tejutla, San Marcos, Guatemala as a Rural Home Preventive Health Worker. She is working for a 24-hour health center and her focus is in the rural communities, working with families and children to have better hygiene habits.

Kevin Smith '05

Kevin Smith '05

University of Notre Dame '09
Kevin Smith '05

Kevin Smith '05 Details

Kevin graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a major in Science Preprofessional Studies and a minor in Anthropology. He completed a Post Baccalaureate Program called MEDPREP, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and is currently enrolled as a medical student at Saint Louis University. Kevin obtained his M.D. on May 15, 2015 and is now a resident at Duke University Hospital.

Maureen Barradas '05

Maureen Barradas '05

Carleton College '09
Maureen Barradas '05

Maureen Barradas '05 Details

Maureen recently left her position at Teach For America's human assets team to start a two-year graduate program at Carnegie Mellon University on a full-tuition scholarship through a partnership with The Posse Foundation. She's now at the Heinz College of Public Policy and Management and will earn an MSPPM after spending one year in Pittsburgh, taking core classes, and then one year in Washington, D.C. doing an apprenticeship and taking evening classes. Upon completion, Maureen plans to pursue a career in consulting.

David Merced '00

David Merced '00

DePaul University '05
David Merced '00

David Merced '00 Details

David received his masters from DePaul University in Business and Technology. He is employed at CDW looking to further his career in technology and sales. He has also been involved with HighSight's Advisory Council and has been tasked to build alumni support for HighSight. He has stated a number of times, "HighSight has given so much to me and my family it is time to give back, I want to ensure HighSight prevails to give other young people the opportunity to succeed". If you would like to contact David regarding alumni relations, please email him at davidmerced@gmail.com.