Student Journeys

Odyssey provides pathways for students of high ability to reach their full promise in college and beyond, proving that merit, not economic status, is the prerequisite for achievement.

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Odyssey Scholars Excel

The more than 3,500 Odyssey recipients excel as community leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs—proof of what talented young people can achieve when we dismantle barriers to education. Odyssey alumni believe in this transformative program; nearly 80% donate to the University.

Empowered by a rigorous liberal arts education and a holistic support framework, Odyssey Scholars are among the nation’s most competitive graduates, earning honors like Fulbright grants, National Science Foundation fellowships, and Rhodes Scholarships.

Impact by the Numbers


of students in UChicago’s Collegiate Scholars Program attend four-year colleges


students have received life-changing Odyssey Scholarships


first-generation college students in the Odyssey Class of 2019


average GPA for Odyssey Scholars in the Class of 2015

Personal Proof

Scholars—many of them the first in their families to pursue higher education—prepare for college, develop careers and confidence, and graduate loan free from UChicago, ready to make deep contributions to society.

Victor Scotti

Victor Scotti
Chicago, IL

Collegiate Scholars played a pivotal role in my development in high school and my success in college. One thing I really valued was the introduction to colleges outside of ones I had been thinking about and the preparation for applying. Collegiate Scholars provided my first touchpoint to UPenn, and if it wasn’t for the program, I probably would not have gone there.

—Victor Scotti, Chicago, IL

Brian Wandawa

Brian Wandawa
Grand Rapids, MI

If my education had been restricted by what my parents could afford, I would not be attending any four-year college. As a son of immigrant parents, I had grown accustomed to feeling like an outsider. For me, UChicago is way more than an education. It’s been the one place where I’ve been able to find myself.

—Brian Wandawa, Grand Rapids, MI

Victoria Mooers

Victoria Mooers
Edmond, OK

I’ve had incredible experiences at UChicago, from attending events with world-changing politicians to significant personal victories. I interned at the New York Philharmonic Archives. I play viola, so it was amazing to work at Lincoln Center. This spring I am going abroad for the Vienna Human Rights program, allowing me to unite my interests in policy and Central/Eastern Europe.

—Victoria Mooers, Edmond, OK