Raven Galloway is a million-dollar scholar. After participating in UChicago’s Collegiate Scholars Program (CSP) during her last three years of high school, she was accepted to ten colleges and received more than $1.3 million in scholarship and financial aid offers. She chose Rhodes University in Memphis, TN, where she plans to double major in psychology and English, with a concentration in creative writing.
Through CSP, high-potential, low-income students in Chicago public high schools are encouraged to envision themselves at highly selective colleges, via enrichment and college-readiness activities during the school year and classes on the UChicago campus over the summer. “One of the most important things CSP gave me was an understanding of how college works,” says Galloway, who reports that she arrived at Rhodes knowing that she could understand a syllabus, interact with professors, and succeed in class.
“All of us in CSP matured during the program and were more prepared for college because of it.”
The program also gave her a diverse group of lifelong friends who are now enrolled in elite colleges all over the country. “One of the great things about CSP was how many people I got to interact with who weren’t just like me,” she says. “Now, I’m more confident talking to people I’ve never talked to before.”