Our Scholars

From campus and academic activities to internships, Wentcher Scholars make their impact on and off campuses across the nation.

CPS Wentcher Scholar Niambi Smith'19 interned with the Chicago Housing Authority/Resident Services department in Chicago during summer 2016. She researched different resources that are located around CHA developments.

Alexis Murillo, CPS Class of 2019, spent summer 2016 working with the Center for Animal Health Food Safety (CAHFS) in the College of Veterinary Medicine through the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. She worked with faculty in Agricultural Education to develop agricultural health and safety curricula to reduce worker injury on dairy farms.

CPS Wentcher Scholar Kimberly Crow '19 shadowed doctors and faculty at UW Hospitals with the Center for Pre-Health Advising at UW-Madison during the summer 2016. In addition, she gave back to the campus community by becoming a STEM Initiative Peer Leader at the end of August 2016. The program introduces incoming freshmen to what it's like to be a STEM major on campus.

CPS Wentcher Scholar Rocio Meza '17 made a presentation at the Women’s Economic Forum in Goa, India in May 2015, representing the ALL Ladies League, Ithaca Chapter. The annual conference seeks to enhance women’s leadership so that women can become change agents in all spheres of self and society. Rocio represented Ithaca by serving as the lead speaker for a workshop on the effectiveness of protest/rallies and by moderating a discussion on understanding the effects of racism.

CPS Wentcher Scholar Erik Martinez '16 accepted a full-time 3rd grade teaching position in Bensenville, IL. Erik graduated summa cum laude from DePaul University in Spring 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Bilingual Education/ESL.

Breana Sample, CPS Class of 2018, interned at a consignment shop where she learned how to merchandise inventory, how to make sales, and how to price. Breana's internship provided a behind-the-scenes look at the business.

Giovanni Santiago, CPS Class of 2019, was named to the 2016 cohort of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Crystal Stonewall, CPS Class of 2019, worked for Northeastern Illinois University's Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness (GEAR) Up Program. The GEAR UP program works to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. She mentored and tutored students in the program.