Cubs make an impact off the field with the Scholars program


(From left) Felix Velez, Golzar Shoberiri, Nikolaus Goecke, Virginia Garcia-Rico and Klaudia Dziewulski all received scholarships courtesy of the Cubs Scholars Program. (Photo by Dave Durochik)

No matter how hard a team’s front office works, it’s almost impossible to make an immediate impact on the field. But the Cubs are still managing to make a big impact off the field for students in the Chicago area.

In 2013, the organization introduced the Cubs Scholars Program, which is designed to assist Chicago high school students by offering quality scholarships and financial assistance. On July 9, an exceptional group of five incoming seniors from schools around Chicago were chosen as the inaugural class. These students will each receive a four-year college scholarship worth $5,000 per year upon their enrollment in a four-year college or university.

“A college diploma is one of the best predictors of success in our country,” said Laura Ricketts, a member of the Cubs board of directors. “Educating the next generation of achievers is essential for our nation’s growth and advancement.”

The inaugural class consists of Klaudia Dziewulski of Whitney Young, Virginia Garcia-Rico of Lake View, Nikolaus Goecke of Northside Prep, Golzar Shoberiri of CICS-Northtown and Felix Velez of Noble Street Charter-Pritzker. The students were selected based on their academic achievement, community participation, financial need, leadership potential and demonstrated ability to be a team player.

In addition to the scholarship, the students will partner with a Cubs associate, who will act as a mentor throughout their senior years and during their transitions into college. This mentoring program, called Cubs College Prep, offers an educational, motivational and social experience with events like career days, motivational seminars, and social gatherings such as Cubs games and on-field recognition ceremonies.

“Chicago Cubs Charities, through the Cubs Scholars Program, seeks to cultivate the next generation of All-Stars,” Ricketts said. “Those who will be the future business leaders, doctors, scientists, and maybe even baseball executives or owners.”

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