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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 4,400 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 2021


average GPA for Odyssey Scholars in the Class of 2017

Odyssey Personal Proof

When you add it all up, the Odyssey Scholarship program is about people. Your gift changes student lives forever. With your support, Odyssey Scholars graduate from UChicago loan-free--and ready to make deep contributions to society.