More than a scholarship - HFS Chicago Scholars empowers motivated students to acheive academic success.
Tables Are Still Available
The Ninth Annual
HFS Leadership Breakfast
Friday, September 18th, 2015
The Standard Club
Our honoree is Steve Pemberton,
Vice-President and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance & author of A Chance in the World.
Our co-chairs are James P. Kolar, PwC LLP, James H. Roth, Huron Consulting Group, and James H.M. Sprayregen, Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
If you haven’t done so already, please visit our website at hfschicagoscholars.com and reserve your table today. We look forward to seeing you there!
Scholars Volunteer at Greater Chicago Food Depository
On Saturday, August 8th, twenty HFS scholars and a few parent volunteers inspected and packaged 14,970 lbs of fruit to be delivered throughout Chicagoland. Each year, scholars complete at least 40 hours of community service.
Scholar/Mentor Kick-Off Event Was Super Fun!
On Saturday August 29th, our scholars and mentors kicked-off the school year with a fun-filled day at Windy City Fieldhouse. This event serves as a great opportunity for scholars and mentors to connect in an informal setting.
“I had a really great time this morning” ~MiCayla
“Thank you for all your help, my daughter is all set at DePaul Prep and we are looking forward to a great year” ~HFS Parent
High School and Graduation Year
St. Joseph, Class of 2010
College & Major
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Math & Economics
Where are you now?
Strategy Consultant for Aon
How did your HFS expereince shape you?
HFS has instilled in me great core values that I try to live by everyday: Scholarship, Service & Family.
Scholarship: HFS always stressed the importance of education and despite having a full time job I am always trying to educate myself outside of my profession to better leverage my skills in whatever I am pursuing.
Service: My time at HFS included various service opportunities. I do my best to give back when possible and I always look for opportunities to volunteer and offer guidance when applicable.
Family: HFS was a second support system for me through my developmental years in high school and I realize how important the word family really is. I try to enforce the value of family to others around me and be a support system for those in need.
In what ways was/is your mentor a significant player in your life?
My time at HFS was special in the sense that I was surrounded by mentors. People like Mr. Kennelly served as a support system to help push me further than I ever imagined. It was trying to make people like him proud that allowed me to accomplish everything I have up to this point. I double majored at the University of Illinois in both Math and Economics along with playing football for the Division 1 program. I am proud to say that HFS helped me overcome the struggles that came with being a student-athlete in college and my time with HFS has helped me post college as I begin my career in the corporate world.
Describe HFS in three words.
Scholarship. Service. Family.
High School and Graduation Year
Fenwick High School, Class of 2016.
What do you enjoy doing outside of school?
I'm a violinist in a mariachi band called the Chicago Mariachi Project, I work at Navy Pier for SeaDog as a ticket agent, I took part in the iBody Summer Program at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital where I got to shadow and talk with nurses and doctors aside from the dissections we did everyday.
What Extra-curricular are you involved in at school?
I play lacrosse, I am the student body secretary in student council, I am a Friar Mentor where I tutor kids, I'm in Best Buddies which brings awareness to people with disabilities, I'm in NHS, I was recently nominated for the Posse Scholarship, I'm a Daniel Murphy Scholar, and I'm in orchestra!
What is your favorite subject in school?
I loved Algebra, Chemistry, Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology. I hope to become a nurse and then go back to medical school to either become an OB/GYN or a midwife.
What type of community service have you done this year?
My community service has been my involvement with the park district as far as the cheerleading and dance teams as concerned as well as the Teen Leadership program. I also sporadically help with my church's food pantry.
Is there anyone you want to thank?
I want to thank Mr. Laureano for pushing me freshman year and Mr. Santillanes for being the best director.
Describe HFS in 3 words!
Hardwork, dedication, fulfillment!
Board Member Spotlight
Mark McCarville is a Senior Advisor to the Chicago Corp, a Chicago based investment bank. Mark graduated from Loras College and continued at the University of Iowa for his MBA. He has more than 30 years of experience in the finance industry, with a long tenure at the Sara Lee Corporation
Why did you want to become involved with HFS?
One of the most critical issues facing the country today is lack of educational opportunities for many of children who are being raised in difficult economic and social environments. This is a problem that we must address if we are going to begin to bridge the economic gaps that exist today between the different segments of society. I got involved in HFS Chicago Scholars because I saw that the highly disciplined and structured approach that is being offered to our scholars provides the opportunity for a quality education that would not otherwise be available to them.
How do the HFS scholars provide inspiration in your life?
I am so in awe a kid who is willing to get out of bed early each morning to take a train and two buses just to get to a school that provides the educational opportunity that would not be available to him/her without HFS.
What is a favorite HFS memory?
Participating in process to select the scholars for the program is an exciting and uplifting experience. It is a delight to meet kids who come to the interviews with such an obvious commitment to achieve a quality education despite the many challenges they face.
Personal life and hobbies and interests?
Married to my wife Kathy for 44 years, 4 terrific children and 6 grandchildren. All of the grandchildren are in the Chicago area so we a lucky to have the opportunity to spend time with them on a regular basis. Family dinners on Sunday evenings are a bit chaotic but it is such a joy to have everyone together. I enjoy outdoor activities, we try to get to the mountains in the summers to hike and fish and in the winters to ski. We have had the opportunity to travel to different parts of the world which has been interesting and enlightening while providing the children (now grandchildren) the chance to experience the wonderful variety of the world.
Young Professional Board Member Spotlight
Hunter Fausnacht works as a VP of Investor Relations for an investment firm. He attended Indiana University. As part of his service for the Young Professional Board, Hunter leads the Mentor Recruitment Team.
I treasure the opportunity to experience the local culture when travelling. A few years back I hiked the tallest peak in Lebanon (Qornet El Sawdak).
Why did you become involved with HFS?
HFS board member Scott Meyer introduced me to HFS by way of the Leadership Breakfast and I immediately wanted to be a part of it. I have always worked in business, where most of my time is spent trying to improve the bottom line. It is very important to me that I spend some of my time supporting an effort that is far more meaningful, and there isn't a whole lot out there that is more enriching than creating opportunity for younger generations.
How has your experience with HFS impacted you?
The students in our program never cease to amaze me with their desire to succeed. They don't expect anything to be given to them and they work very hard in their drive towards success.
Do you have a favorite HFS memory?
Shooting hoops with the students at the orientation events. They are a tad quicker than I am but they haven't been able to stop my hook shot!
If you are interested in becoming a mentor to a HFS Chicago Scholar - you can email Hunter or click on the image below.
Welcome New HFS Staff Members!
Jordan Rickard, Director of Development
Jennett Wilson, Senior Director of Academics
Paul Bubash, Director of Academics
Sarah McGivern, Director of Academics
Carmen Ontiveros, Director of Academics
Veronica Riquelme, Director of Academics
Jordan Rickard, our first Director of Development, will report to Executive Director, Desireé Pepper-Venzant and is responsible for all matters related to development, including donor cultivation, generating corporate and foundation support and strengthening HFS’ fundraising events.
Jennet Wilson fills the newly created position of Senior Director of Academics (SDA) and reports to Desireé. Each of these five Directors handles scholar development for a group of roughly 25 scholars. Each DA reports directly to the SDA, who is responsible for all matters related to the educational development and enrichment provided by HFS Chicago Scholars.
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