University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program
Office Location: 950 East 61st Street, 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60637
Office Phone: (773) 834-2774
University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program Staff
ABEL OCHOA | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COLLEGE READINESS AND ACCESS
Abel works with faculty and staff across the University to develop and enhance ongoing youth outreach and engagement initiatives. In this role, he helps to create new and expand existing college access and success models by engaging internal and external stakeholders and organizations that share the University’s interest in ensuring equitable outcomes for Chicago’s youth; especially students who reside or attend school in the mid-South-Side. Abel also provides leadership to the Collegiate Scholars Program and Office of Special Programs-College Prep, which are existing college readiness programs that are an integral part of UChicago Promise, and reinforce the institution’s commitment to broadening access to the University’s transformative education and outreach programs.
For the past 10 years, Abel has worked with youth and coached them and their families in the college preparation process. Before joining the University of Chicago, Abel worked for the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Northwestern University. Abel is a native of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood and holds a B.A in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University. Abel is an alumnus of the Latino Policy Forum’s inaugural 2016-2017 Multicultural Leadership Academy and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business 2017 Executive Program for Emerging Leaders.
ANN MERRELL | ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
As assistant director of the Collegiate Scholars Program (CSP), Ann manages CSP's annual recruitment process, implements college access programming for students and parents, and builds partnerships with high school and community partners. Before joining the Office of Civic Engagement in 2018, Ann served as the Student Programs Administrator at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern University.
DIONNE LINTON | ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST
Dionne comes to the Collegiate Scholars Program with 20 years of experience and expertise in the corporate sector, working both in program and administrative management. Dionne is also a parent of a CSP alumnus. She received a B.A. from Coe College and an Executive MBA from the University of Notre Dame.