Volume 5, Issue 1
2014 SUMMER NEWSLETTER
CLASS OF 2014!
We'd like to congratulate our 2014 HFS Chicago Scholars graduates! These seventeen young men and women have displayed excellence both inside and outside of the classroom. We wish them the best of luck as they conclude their respective high school careers and begin their college journeys:
Jennifer Aguayo, De La Salle, Cornell College
Rashaan Castillo, St. Ignatius, Dennison University,
Bill Gates Scholar
Ivette Cebrero, Trinity, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, TMA Scholar
Zain Danani, St. Ignatius, University of Michigan
Tiara Davis, St. Francis de Sales, St. Olaf College, Posse Scholar
Evelyn Duran, St. Ignatius, Pomona College, Posse Scholar
Kala Epkins-Henderson, Trinity, North Carolina A&T State University
Diana Gutierrez, St. Ignatius, UIC
Natalia Herrera, Fenwick, Marquette University
Cache Lane, Fenwick, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Full-ride Scholar
Cecilia Lopez, Catalyst Maria, Harold Washington
Juanita McDonald, Trinity, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chick Evans Scholar
Alishah Pearine, Gordon Tech, UIC
Angel Roman, Northridge Prep, UIC, TMA Scholar
Lisette Sanchez, Cristo Rey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, TMA Scholar
Dijonnais Thomas, Queen of Peace, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Onika Walker, De La Salle, Northern Illinois University
Dear HFS followers, friends, and family,
We wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of your help and support. HFS continues to grow and thrive, and it is not possible without each and every one of you. In this summer newsletter you will find a save-the-date reminder for our 8th Annual Leadership Breakfast in September, a section highlighting yet another successful Casino Night, the profiles of three of our outstanding senior scholars, and follow-up on a 2010 HFS graduate. HFS is very grateful for the contributions, donations, and time you put toward our organization. Thank you very much for everything you do to help our scholars achieve a brighter future!
Our Sincerest Thanks,
TMA Scholarship Foundation Recipients
(from left) Angel Roman '14, Mike Kennelly (HFS Founder), Ivette Cebrero '14, Desireé Pepper-Venzant (HFS Executive Director), and Lisette Sanchez '14 (not pictured)
The 8th Annual
HFS Leadership Breakfast
September 19th, 2014
The Eighth Annual HFS Leadership
Breakfast will take place on Friday,
September 19th at The Standard Club from
7:30-9:00 am. We are extremely honored
to have Illinois Supreme Court Justice,
First District, Anne Burke as our keynote
speaker for the event. This is the premier HFS
Fundraising Event of the Year. We are
seeking Corporate Sponsors as well as
Individual Table Sponsors (seats 10) for our
2014 event. Click here for more
information or visit us at
All donations provide an opportunity for HFS
scholars this academic school year.
Casino Night Success!
Thank you for making the 3rd Annual HFS Casino & Poker night a huge success! We were able to raise over $52,000 in order to help our scholars continue to strive for excellence inside and outside of the classroom.
Poker Tournament Winner
At only 23 years old, Anuraag Tripathi took Casino Night by storm. A young man from Barrington, IL, Anuraag majored in finance, political science, and economics at Indiana University. In the 2 years since graduation, the HFS Casino Night has been the first large poker tournament in which Anuraag has participated. He is extremely excited to play in the World Series of Poker tournament and is very grateful to HFS for providing him the opportunity to do so!
SENIOR SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT:
Our Seniors Look Back
How has your mentor impacted your past four years...
"I hope to gain the same kind of generosity that Mallory has because she is like my big sister. My mentor, Mallory Martin, who was also a HFS scholar, is like my big sister. She is there all of the time; she texts and calls me daily and gives great advice. We hang out, go to dinner, and shop often. I'm also going to U of I, following in her footsteps. And also my family loves her!"
What is your favorite HFS memory...
"My favorite HFS memories are college visits, Mrs. Pepper-Venzant always made sure that we learned from our experiences and had goodie bags filled with healthy snacks!"
"What I have learned over the past four years is that HFS is not only a scholarship program, but it is like a home/family. At HFS I met people who were willing to help me with any issues, served people who helped to bring out the best in me, had friends, mentors, and academic directors who pushed me to be the best that I can be, and lastly I met people who loved and sincerely cared for me. HFS has made me a more well-rounded, open, and headstrong person than I ever could be. Thank you HFS."
What was your proudest accomplishment from high school...
"I am most proud of my involvement in the National Honors Society because it showed me how much potential I had and it motivated me to keep pushing and striving for the best."
What were your favorite subjects...
"My favorite subjects were math and chemistry because they challenged me to push myself. In
these subjects things don't come easy; you have to think and work very hard."
Checking in with 2008 HFS Alum & Recent College Grad:
"I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today without HFS Chicago Scholars."
Cynerick (left) with his mother (Sharon Osinaike) and father (Adetokunbo Osinaike)
This past spring, HFS alum Cynerick Osinaike accomplished one of his many life goals: He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and math from Milwaukee School of Engineering University (MSOE).
A hardworking, athletic, and articulate young man, Cynerick excelled in high school and college. His high school courses prompted his interest in sociology, psychology, science, and mathematics; he aspired to be a lawyer, doctor, engineer, or humanitarian. In high school, Cynerick was involved in various clubs, such as the African American Youth Group, and excelled in Track & Field. Cynerick's success did not stop there.
In college, he participated in Muslim Student Association, National Society of Black Engineers (Treasurer), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and received awards for record-setting wins on the basketball court and for being a top-notch player. During his last year at MSOE, Cynerick created a senior design thesis entitled "Custom Ankle Foot Orthotic Design for Children with Spina Bifida."
Outside of school, Cynerick enjoys trying new foods, traveling, writing, working out, and spending time with family. Cynerick acknowledges HFS Chicago Scholars as the reason for his success. HFS gave him the tools to succeed in higher learning throughout his high school career. The program allowed him to surround himself with similar-minded peers, develop family-like relationships with other scholars and directors, and quench his thirst for knowledge. His mentor was able to help him through tough times with constructive feedback, words of encouragement, and advice.
Cynerick does not only want to thank the entire HFS organization for his success, but also for helping his brother (Kenrick Osinaike, HFS Class of 2011) and sister (Cynedra Osinaike, HFS Class of 2013) gain a high quality education as well.
Cynerick hopes to begin a career in either chemical, automotive, aerospace, or biomedical engineering, followed by consulting.
SOCIAL MEDIA CONNECTIONS
We are currently working on revamping our social media pages to create new, exciting space for the HFS family to:
- Keep in contact with fellow scholars
- Network with future employers
- Find internships with HFS alums or mentors
- Hear about exciting HFS news and events
Like us on Facebook and LinkedIN today!
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