We awarded ten awesome college-bound seniors with a $2,500 scholarship!

posted: 06/15/2017

If you thought high school was rough, just wait till you hear about these kids that not only survived the perils of high school, but totally rocked it!

These ten guys and gals are recipients of the 2017 Andigo Scholarship. Each of them will be receiving $2,500 to go towards tuition so they can keep overachieving in college!





Brant Bishop
  Alec Cao

College: University of Colorado Boulder
Major: Biological and Chemical Engineering
Achievements: AP Scholar with Distinction, Eagle Scout, Captain/Assistant Coach of Chiefs High School Hockey Team, volunteer for Feed My Starving Children
Favorite book: Redwall by Brian Jacques
Favorite TV show: Family Guy
Fictional character he identifies with: Holden
Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye
Spirit animal: Turtle
Wants to visit: Tokyo, Japan


College: University of California – Santa Barbara
Major: Physics
Achievements: Captain of Varsity Tennis Team, Secretary of Investment Club, Physics Tutor,
Veterans Affairs Hospital volunteer, Physics Bowl Regional Winner
Favorite book: The Percy Jackson series
Favorite TV show: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Favorite song: DNA by Kendrick Lamar
Hobbies: Cooking and playing tennis
Wants to visit: Japan, for its amazing culture and because he is a lover of sushi and ramen!


Emily Chen
Grace Dodis

College: University of Chicago
Major: Biological Science/Pre-Med
Achievements: Varsity Badminton player, AP Scholar,
Violin Leader in the Magical Strings of Youth Orchestra,
Co-Head of Piecing Back Memory (not for profit)
Dream job:  Sports Medicine Physician for the Chicago Blackhawks
Favorite TV show: Grey’s Anatomy/The Office
Favorite musician: Ed Sheeran
Coolest place she’s been: Italy
Wants to visit: Australia




College: Lake Forest College
Major: Neuroscience/Pre-Med
Achievements: Illinois State Scholar, National
Honor Society member, volunteer at Marklund
Center, Captain of Cross Country and Track
and Field Teams
Dream job: Neurosurgeon
Favorite band: Twenty One Pilots
Coolest place she’s been: Fairy Lake in
Gallatin County, Montana
Hobbies: Running, playing piano, and exploring
Wants to visit: The Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland 




Ryan McMahon
  Hanna Murakami  

College: Cornell University
Major: Physics
Achievements: AP Scholar, Eagle Scout, Trumpet Section
Leader in Marching Band, 1st Trumpet in Jazz Band,
Track and Field participant
Favorite band: Chicago
Favorite TV show: Rick and Morty
Spirit animal: Rhesus Monkey
Hobbies: Playing music, basketball and kayaking
Wants to visit: Mars


College: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Major: Chemistry and Accounting
Achievements: AP Scholar, Captain of Varsity Track
and Field, Co-President of Just Hang It Up (501c3 organization), IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award Recipient
Dream job: Working for BuzzFeed or Cosmopolitan
Favorite TV show: Parks and Recreation
Coolest places she’s been: England, France, Ireland,
and Italy
Hobbies: Running, she even secured a spot in the 2017 Chicago Marathon
Wants to visit: South America to see where her
Spanish takes her





Katie Novak   Eric Pappas

Purdue University
Major: Exploratory
Achievements: Senior Class President, winner of the
Optimist International Essay Contest, Varsity
Cheerleading and Field Hockey, A Capella Choir board
member, Most Outstanding AP Language and
Composition Student Award recipient
Favorite book: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Favorite TV show: Gossip Girl
Coolest place she’s been: Rome, Italy
Hobbies: Reading, doing puzzles, making photo books
and spending time with friends
Wants to visit: Vienna, Austria
University of Dayton
Major: Computer Science
Achievements: Varsity Lacrosse goalie, Habitat for
Humanity volunteer, Robotics Club member,
Coach/mentor for the Challenger Baseball Program
Dream job:  Working for Google
Favorite TV show: Breaking Bad
Favorite band: Twenty One Pilots 
Spirit animal: Penguin 
Wants to visit: Europe


Matthew Sparling   Yodiet Tesfu

 University of Michigan
Major: Neuroscience/Pre-Med
Achievements: AP Scholar with Distinction, National
Honor Society member, Student Ambassadors board member, State Seal of Biliteracy recipient, Captain
of Intramural Flag Football and Basketball teams
Favorite musician: Chance the Rapper
Favorite TV show: House of Cards
Coolest place he’s been: Costa Rica
Favorite book: Life of Pi
Wants to visit: Hawaii
 University of Chicago
Major: Biological Sciences
Achievements: AP Scholar with Distinction,
Co-President of National Honor Society, Cross-Country and Track leader, 3rd place winner of WYSE Regional Biology and Chemistry tests
Favorite book: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda
Ngozi Adichie
Favorite TV show: How to Get Away with Murder
Coolest place she’s been: Ethiopia
Hobbies: Reading and running
Favorite band: Young the Giant

Shout out to our partner, Liberty Mutual, for making these kids dreams a reality. 

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