21 Star Scholars Receive New “Star Plus” Award to Transfer to 4-Year Institutions


For seven years, the Star Scholarship has helped Chicago students seamlessly transition from high school to one of our seven City Colleges of Chicago, creating an affordable pathway for students to continue their education.

This year, we’re excited to share there’s been a new development within the program—21 Star Scholars were recently awarded the “Star Plus” scholarship to pursue their bachelor’s degree at one of City Colleges’ four-year transfer partners. In addition to the benefits of the Star Scholarship, each of the 21 recipients will be awarded $5,000 for two years ($2,500 per year) to use at their transfer destination.

The following students have received the Star Plus award:

  • Marytza Aranda, Daley College
  • Cristhian Duenas, Daley College
  • Ruth Flores, Daley College
  • Bryan Palafox, Daley College
  • Yasmin Chaudhry, Harold Washington College
  • Sophia Hernandez, Harold Washington College
  • Mia Mangia, Harold Washington College
  • Alanis Marsano, Harold Washington College
  • Yusef Walton, Harold Washington College
  • Amalinalli Zamora, Harold Washington College
  • Safiyah Agunbiade, Malcolm X College
  • Chabeli Rodriguez, Malcolm X College
  • Diana Valerio, Olive-Harvey College
  • Alejandra Velasco, Truman College
  • Felix Avila, Wright College
  • Valerie Diaz, Wright College
  • Emily Eng, Wright College
  • Khamir Nai, Wright College
  • Stephanie Pedraza Marin, Wright College
  • Joel Rivera, Wright College
  • Natalie Serrano, Wright College

City Colleges’ Star Scholars have gone on to achieve great success, both here in Chicago and across the country. We’re proud that they got their start right here at one of our seven colleges, and we look forward to watching future generations of Star Scholars succeed.

To learn more about the Star Scholarship, visit www.ccc.edu/starscholarship.