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Office of Special Programs-College Prep

The Office of Special Programs - College Prep (OSP-CP) is one of three college readiness programs operating under the Office of Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago that works with area high-school students.

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In 1968, Larry Hawkins founded the OSP-CP to provide support for the academic success of urban high-school students in the academic middle, underserved, and under-resourced populations, including first-generation college students. 

OSP-CP activities, including tutoring, academic advising, and workshops, are designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students. These activities are reinforced through college and career exploration within our programming.

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Profiles
daweed abdiel
Daweed Abdiel
Office of Special Programs - College Prep

“I didn’t know much about myself and what I found interesting when I started Upward Bound, but the exposure it provided to different things sparked curiosity and engagement for me.”

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jamar sullivan
Jamar Sullivan Jr.
STEM Initiative

Jamar Sullivan Jr. says he is confident that the time he spent through UChicago's STEM Initiative science enrichment program and the University’s Office of Special Programs-College Prep has prepared him to attend UChicago in fall 2020.

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Jasmeen Wellare
Jasmeen Wellere
Office of Special Programs - College Prep

"The Office of Special Programs opened a door for me. I'm a first generation college student, and there is no one in my family that knows this process, that has been through it. If it wasn't for that I feel like I wouldn't have had a plan." -Jasmeen Wellere

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kaylee flowers
Kaylee Flowers
UChicago STEM Initiative

Lindblom Math and Science Academy senior Kaylee Flowers’ love of science and engineering drew her to the UChicago STEM Initiative (UCSI) in 2018.

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Naa Ashitey
Naa Ashitey
Office of Special Programs - College Prep

“Getting into UChicago has been the biggest accomplishment of my life thus far. I thank the Office of Special Programs for the guidance they gave me during the three years I was part of the program.” -Naa Ashitey '21

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Samia Chatman
Samia Chatman
Youth Internship Program

High school senior Samia Chatman spent her summer classifying Oriental Institute specimens as part of the UChicago Youth Internship Program, a paid employment opportunity for local Chicago Public Schools and charter school students facilitated by the Office of Civic Engagement.

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Student Audience

Career Conference

All Chicagoland high-school students are welcome to attend The Kovler Foundation Larry Hawkins 2020 Career Conference for High School Students in July 2020. 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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