University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program
Office Location: 950 East 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Office Phone: (773) 834-2774
University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program Staff
ABEL OCHOA | DIRECTOR
Abel Ochoa is responsible for the Collegiate Scholars Program. He manages the development, implementation and evaluation of all programs. Previously, Abel served as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission for Northwestern University. Abel has experience working with youth and knowledge in college admission and financial aid. A native of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, Abel knows firsthand how challenging it can be to prepare for college. His personal and professional experiences fuel his desire to empower young people to realize their full potential. Abel has a true passion and desire to see that all students, regardless of ability, realize their dream of attaining higher education. Abel holds a B.A in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.
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.