Office of Special Programs-College Prep

The Office of Special Programs-College Prep (OSP-CP), with the Collegiate Scholars Program (CSP) and Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP), is one of three college readiness programs operating under the Office of Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago.  All three programs work with area high schools. 

In 1968 Larry Hawkins founded OSP-CP to provide support the academic success of urban high school students in the academic middle, underserved, under-resourced populations, or first-generation college students.  OSP-CP activities include tutoring, academic advising, cultural enrichment, work-study programs, and workshops designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students. These activities are reinforced with college and career exploration and discovery. In over 50 years, OSP-CP has guided more than 4,000 Chicago high school students on pathways to success through Upward Bound programming, the University of Chicago S.T.E.M. Initiative (UCSI) and the Kovler-Hawkins Careers Conference for High School Students.


Career Conference

All Chicagoland high school pupils are welcome to attend The Kovler Foundation Larry Hawkins 2019 Career Conference for High School Students on Friday, July 19, 2019. The Conference seeks to increase access to career-oriented advising and experiences for students as they begin to think about life after high school. Attendees will hear from professionals in more than a dozen fields and receive advice they can use as they explore potential career paths.
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