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:: By Amy Braverman Puma

:: Photo by Dan Dry; Graphic by Allen Carroll

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Chicago protégés enter top colleges

The first set of graduates from the University’s Collegiate Scholars Program—a three-year enrichment course for Chicago Public Schools students—are off to some prestigious universities this fall. All 62 high-school students who remained in the curriculum since 2003 (out of 79 who began) will attend college; seven will enroll at the U of C. In addition to the schools welcoming multiple Collegiate Scholars (listed at right), individual students will attend Brown, MIT, Georgetown, Ohio State, Wellesley, Denison, and Washington and Lee, among others.

About 600 high-school students apply to become Collegiate Scholars each year, and 50 to 60 get in. The teens participate in faculty-taught academic seminars, attend University cultural events, and volunteer with community-service projects. The summer before their senior year, they receive college-prep mentoring.

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