The Schuler Scholar Program (SSP) is a non-profit private foundation based in the northern suburbs of Illinois. Every year the Schuler Scholar Program recruits recent college graduates to serve as AmeriCorps members in each Schuler partnership high school. The members, called Scholar Coaches, provide one-on-one support to the Schuler Scholars and deliver a wide range of programs throughout the year. Additionally, Scholar Coaches develop programming, plan and execute exposures, assume leadership roles within the organization, and receive on-going professional development. Coaches serve as tutors, mentors and role models for the students and Schuler staff members provide the same support for the Coaches.
Scholar Coaches are highly motivated college graduates who commit to serve 1-2 years with Schuler so that they are better prepared for graduate school and/or professional pursuits. They are usually interested in education, education reform, social services, youth development, social justice or a related field. Coaches possess a desire to work with under-resourced young people and families and have an appreciation for the value of a college degree from a highly competitive or selective college or university.