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

David Merced '00

DePaul University B.A. '04, M.S. '05

David Merced '00 Details

David Merced was a student leader while attending Archbishop Quigley High School as a HighSight scholar. Upon graduating, he earned undergraduate and advanced degrees from DePaul University, studying Communications and Marketing and Business and Technology, respectively. David developed a career in technology and currently works for Ring Central, a cloud-based communications company. David has recently joined HighSight’s Board of Directors and has been tasked with building alumni support for the organization. David writes, "HighSight has given so much to me and my family. My brother Daniel (‘02), sister Christina (‘03) and I are so lucky to have been part of the organization; it is time to give back. I want to ensure HighSight prevails to give young people the opportunity to succeed.” David currently lives in Chicago with his wife Ashley and their three sons, Jackson, Harrison, and Monroe.

Maureen Barradas '05

B.A., Carleton College '09
M.S., Carnegie Mellon University - Heinz School of Public Policy and Management '13

Maureen Barradas '05 Details

With the help of HighSight, Maureen graduated from St. Scholastica Academy with a full-tuition scholarship leadership scholarship from the Posse Foundation. As a Posse scholar, she attended Carleton College, where she took full advantage of the study abroad opportunities, participating in programs in Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Spain, and the U.K. She credits the skills she learned from HighSight’s personal development program as she navigated being a first-generation college student. After earned a B.A. in English literature, Maureen worked with low-income high school students as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Her passion for organizational effectiveness led her to pursue an M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and to develop her career as a management consultant with Deloitte.

Darrin Collins '05

Darrin Collins '05

B.A., Denison University '09
M.A., Academy of Urban School Leadership
Darrin Collins '05

Darrin Collins '05 Details

Darrin Collins is an author, educator, scholar, and international martial arts competitor. As a HighSight scholar, Darrin attended De La Salle Institute, and became part of HighSight’s inaugural partnership with the Posse Foundation. Darrin attended Denison University with a full-tuition leadership scholarship from Posse, and went on to pursue a M.A. in Teaching from the Academy of Urban School Leadership. He currently serves as a high school science teacher in Chicago, where he was born and raised. As an author, it is important to Darrin that the themes of his books reflect the experiences of and inspire the youth with whom he works. His writing features themes related to social justice, judicial policy, and identity.

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.

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.

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.

Darius Summerville '07

Darius Summerville '07

University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana '11
Darius Summerville '07

Darius Summerville '07 Details

Darius Summerville, pictured here with his family, graduated from University of Illinois Champaign-Urban in 2011. While pursuing a B.A. in African American Percent Studies, Darius took full advantage of the academic and social activities that U of I has to offer, developing a stronger sense of self and learning about his passions. These experiences shaped his confidence and problem-solving capabilities. Today, he shares these talents and traits as a Senior IT Consultant at his alma mater, addressing complex business technology issues of various scales.

Jennifer Beltran '08

Jennifer Beltran '08

Carleton College '12
Jennifer Beltran '08

Jennifer Beltran '08 Details

After graduating from Holy Trinity High School, Jen attended Carleton College as a Posse Scholar. While pursuing a B.A. in Latin American Studies with a minor in Spanish, Jennifer traveled to Madrid and Peru to study Spanish Literature and Urban Studies, respectively. For the past seven years Jennifer has worked in different areas of Human Resources, with a focus on HR operations and systems. She spends her free time traveling, cooking and volunteering with HighSight and Posse.

Robin Jenkins '08

Robin Jenkins '08

Chicago State University '16
Robin Jenkins '08

Robin Jenkins '08 Details

After graduating from Notre Dame High School for Girls, Robin attended Chicago State University, where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in Science in Criminal Justice. Upon graduation, Robin worked for Illinois Action for Children, a non-profit organization that provides low-income families with financial assistance for childcare costs. She recently joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation as a Match Support Specialist, and plans to continue to work towards helping families overcome barriers to success.

Quanesha Phillips '08

Quanesha Phillips '08

B.A., Millikin University '12
M.S.W., Loyola University '17
Quanesha Phillips '08

Quanesha Phillips '08 Details

Quanesha Phillips (nee Griffin) attended De La Salle Institute as a HighSigh scholar. After graduating in 2008, Quanesha pursued a B.S. in Psychology from Millikin University, graduating in 2012. Fostering her passion for mental health, Quanesha earned an M.A. in Social Work from Loyola University. Quanesha has served in the field for the last five years, working to eradicate homelessness by helping young people find foster homes and providing them with resources so that they can live independently. Quanesha’s desire to help others extends beyond her job, as she is also an international speaker, encouraging girls and young women about the importance of following their passion and purpose. She writes, “Highsight is actually a big part of the reason I started my career. They gave me opportunities and resources for me to navigate my purpose, and for that I am forever grateful.”

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, recently graduated from Knox College.

Nitza Solis '10

Nitza Solis '10

B.A., Williams College '14
M.S.W., University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration '19
Nitza Solis '10

Nitza Solis '10 Details

Nitza Solis delivers care to vulnerable populations and support for their caregivers as a social work. Nitza graduated from Fenwick High School in 2010 as a HighSight scholar, and went on to pursue her undergraduate degree at Williams College. She graduated with a B.A. in English and Psychology, graduating with honors, and moved back to her hometown to work for the University of Illinois at Chicago. At UIC, she facilitated the delivery of wraparound services to help families with children who have chronic conditions, and also served as a clinical assessor for a clinical depression trial focused on adolescents and their parents. These experiences led Nitza to pursue a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Currently, Nitza works at Homethrive, Inc, providing case management and emotional support to older adults and their families. In the near future, Nitza will be co-facilitating a virtual support group for caregivers. She remains passionate about collaborating with these families in order for the older adult to age at home for as long as possible.

Bryanth Perez '10

Bryanth Perez '10

Monmouth College '14
Bryanth Perez '10

Bryanth Perez '10 Details

Bryanth Perez received the HighSight scholarship to St. Patrick High School and went on to attend Monmouth College, where he pursued a Bachelors of Arts in Communication. As the Talent Acquisition Lead for Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, Bryanth fulfills his passion to help others succeed. Working with those who are un- and under-employed, Bryanth ushers clients along towards their desired career. In his spare time, he mentors junior and senior high school students in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood, providing them with insights on job readiness and interviewing.

Angelicca Telles '11

Angelicca Telles '11

B.A., Pomona College '15
J.D., American University Washington College of Law '21
Angelicca Telles '11

Angelicca Telles '11 Details

Having grown up in Little Village, Angelicca Telles remains passionate about the role of the law in immigration policies. Angelicca attended St. Ignatius College Prep as a HighSight Scholar, and upon graduating, earned a B.A. in both History and Gender & Women's Studies at Pomona College. For the next three years, Angelicca began her career in the field of law as a paralegal at the National Immigrant Justice Center, providing direct legal services to low-income individuals in Chicago. Angelicca is currently based in Washington D.C., where she is in her second year at American University Washington College of Law, from which she will graduate in 2021. As an alumna who has consistently kept in touch with her HighSight peers and who has donated her free time with the organization, Angelicca writes, “I admire the ambition and perseverance of my fellow HighSight Scholars.”

Kayla Torres '12

Susquehanna University '16

Kayla Torres '12 Details

Kayla Torres graduated from Holy Trinity High School as a HighSight scholar and went on to pursue her undergraduate degree at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. Having studied Public Relations, Spanish, and Marketing, Kayla began working for the Chicago White Sox’s social media team. Currently, she serves as an operations manager for Massage Envy, and is working on cultivating her own personal business and brand.

Ja'Lon Eason '13

Ja'Lon Eason '13

Kenyon College '17
Ja'Lon Eason '13

Ja'Lon Eason '13 Details

A student at HighSight since 7th grade, Ja'Lon graduated from Brother Rice High School where he found his love of theatre and singing. While at Kenyon College, he thrived as a Resident Assistant and worked to support students in combatting Title IX discrimination. Upon graduating from Kenyon in 2017 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology, Ja’Lon served as an AmeriCorps Member through City Year in Denver and Boston. Currently, Ja’Lon continues to work towards educational equity as the Regional Associate for the Northeast Region for Achievement Network in Boston, MA.