We are thrilled to announce that Tumininu Onabanjo, a senior at our UChicago Charter Woodlawn (UCW) High School, has been accepted to the University of Chicago Class of 2026 with a full-ride scholarship! Tumininu was matched with the University of Chicago through the QuestBridge National College Match program, which enables academically excellent, low-income high school seniors to apply early to the nation’s top colleges. If applicants are matched with a college, they receive early admission and a four-year scholarship that covers tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and travel expenses.

In 2021, more than 16,500 high school seniors applied for the QuestBridge College Match Scholarship. Among those applicants, 6,600 were selected as finalists who were deemed competitive for the college match program.

However, only a fraction of finalists were actually matched with a college like Tumininu. The finalists had extremely competitive applications: this year, QuestBridge Scholar finalists had an average GPA of 3.91, and nearly nine out of 10 finalists were in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. Tumininu is among the only 14% of QuestBridge Scholar finalists this year who hail from the Midwest.

We are so proud of her and her hard work that stood out to the QuestBridge and UChicago admissions committees, and our College Graduation Office (CGO) is thrilled to see the fruition of their work with her. Read more on Medium.