One year sets the stage for a lifetime of impact.

The University of Chicago Obama Foundation Scholars Program is a joint initiative of the Obama Foundation and three schools at the University of Chicago; the Booth School of Business, the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, and the Harris School of Public Policy. 

The program brings together an interdisciplinary group of promising eligible University of Chicago Obama Foundation Scholars and empowers them with the education, skills, relationships, and perspectives they need to tackle their communities’ most pressing challenges. 

During this one-year program, participating students will develop a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to advancing social change and will leave the University prepared to address even the most complex social challenges through impactful careers in a wide range of settings.

Photography by: The Obama Foundation

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Adrian Talbott, Program Director and Associate Dean for Civic Engagement