7/9 Congrats to Cubs Scholars
The Chicago Cubs leadership team and front office honored the first class of Cubs Scholars, five high school seniors who will collectively receive $100,000 in scholarships and a Cubs College Prep program. The five students were selected in partnership with Chicago Scholars based on academic achievement and potential; community participation; need; leadership potential; and the ability to be a team player.
Cubs chair Laura Ricketts and chairman Tom Ricketts met with the students on Tuesday at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs Scholars Program rewards both individual students and the non-profit organizations which support their development. It provides college scholarships to high achievers and grants to the nonprofit programs which nominate and support them.
Here are bios on the five students honored Tuesday:
* Klaudia Dziewulski: Klaudia attends Whitney Young Magnet High School. She has a 4.0 grade point average and an impressive ACT score of 33. Klaudia is a recycling leader for the Eco Club at her school, and is a member of the Model United Nations Team. She also is a member of the National Honor Society and she volunteers at a local elementary school and her church. She hopes to study neuroscience and also start a composting program at her current part-time job at Mariano’s Fresh Market.
* Virginia Garcia-Rico: Virginia is a student at Lake View High School near Wrigley Field. Virginia has a 3.8 grade point average and is in the top 20 percent of her class. She is a cross country runner, participates in the People’s Music School and has served as a Junior Summer Camp Counselor. Virginia was recommended by her school as a strong leader.
* Nikolaus Goecke: Nik is a student at Northside College Prep High School. He has a 3.5 grade point average and a ACT plan score of 27. Nik has been part of a German Dance Group, the American Aid Society Jugendgruppe, since the age of three. He also plays volleyball and has been awarded for his participation in IHSA Forensics Speech. Nik also works with Mikva Challenge. He volunteers at his local fire station and at a local school.
* Golzar Shoberiri: Golzar is a student at CICS-Northtown Academy where she is on the Math Team, Science Club and served as President and Secretary of Student Government. Golzar has a 3.7 grade point average. She has volunteered at a day camp and is very determined to accomplish her goal of becoming a biomedical engineer.
* Felix Velez: Felix is a student at Noble St. Charter-Pritzker Prep where he has a 3.8 grade point average. He participates in the Chess Club and is a competitive singer in the Competition Choir. He is currently learning Russian and was recommended as one of the hardest working students at a very demanding school.
The five will receive a four-year college scholarship of $5,000 per year ($20,000 total per student) upon their enrollment in a four-year college or university. In addition, they will participate in Cubs College Prep throughout their senior year of high school and into college. Cubs College Prep partners each Cubs Scholar with a mentor who will work with them through their senior year and in the transition to college. This program of mentoring, leadership and continued support will offer an educational, motivational and social experience with events like career days, corporate partner career seminars and tours, motivational seminars with Cubs alumni and executives and social events such as Cubs games and on-field recognition ceremonies. The students also will participate in a Cubs community volunteer project.