College Bound Opportunities (CBO) is getting ready to select students in the Class of 2022 for their college scholarship and mentoring program. CBO is a not-for-profit organization that provides qualifying students from Deerfield High School, Highland Park High School, Cristo Rey St. Martin, Buffalo Grove High School, and Vernon Hills High School with personal mentoring, academic support, career preparation, and financial support as needed while in college. The CBO program is in its fourteenth year and has grown from its initial class of nine students to include over 200 students, 140 alumni and over 200 mentors. While CBO does offer financial support to students while in college, they feel the mentoring component and personalized assistance from CBO staff are the most important attributes CBO offers.
If you ...
• Will be a first-generation college student (neither parent has received a 4 year degree or your parents went to college out of the country) and/or have a household income of not more than $50,000 for a family of four, barring any extraordinary circumstances;
• Are academically ambitious, motivated, and committed, as evidenced by strong academic performance and perseverance. (Minimum GPA 2.8/4.0);
• Demonstrate leadership in your school and/or community;
• Are committed to your education and have a strong desire to attend a 4-year college,
...then you can apply to become a CBO Scholar!
If you are selected as a CBO scholar, you will be paired with a CBO mentor. Your mentor will work with you, your family, and your school and postsecondary counselors to help you determine which college is best for you academically, socially, culturally and financially. Your mentor may also help you complete applications for admission and scholarships, and CBO will help you and your family with the application for financial aid. Your mentor will continue to coach you during your four years of college. CBO also offers you the opportunity to earn a monetary scholarship that is renewable each year of college, providing you maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 and carry the minimum number of credit hours each semester that will allow you to graduate in four years.
To learn more, please consider attending an informational meeting:
CBO is planning to host two family information sessions with a Spanish translator at both. The dates are:
Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00pm
Tuesday, September 29th at 7:00pm
Students, if you plan on applying, please note that you are required to submit a teacher and counselor letter of recommendation with your application. Please be sure you have a letter of recommendation waiver form on file.
Click here for the application.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 6, 2020