Founded in 1966, LINK Unlimited Scholars is Chicago’s oldest college prep and career readiness program focused solely on African American youth. LINK has successfully transitioned more than 2,500 high achieving African American youth to college by providing academic support, financial subsidies and one-on-one mentoring through the high school years and beyond. LINK scholars have attended many selective colleges and universities, and have moved on to become successful in their own right, as business professionals, educators, engineers, architects, attorneys, doctors and more. Many LINK alumni are now mentors and benefactors of current LINK scholars.
LINK counts over 50 colleges and universities as partners that give LINK scholars access to their campus’ students and administrators to answer questions and give students relevant information about their school. This list of colleges includes the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Harvard University, Colorado College, Grinnell College, Hampton University, Pomona College, Spelman College, Vanderbilt University, Kenyon College, Emory University, Howard University, and Colgate University.
LINK programs challenge each scholar academically and personally, compelling them to push beyond creating their own path and to rethink what’s possible. LINK doesn’t just open doors we open minds. LINK strives to remain abreast of the needs of our scholars, their families and the community. Our longevity and history of success drive us to continue evolving our programming and outreach so that our scholars can advance even further.