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Chicago counselor is batting 1.000 helping students earn scholarships

Chicago counselor is batting 1.000 helping students earn scholarships

Ron Anderson was enjoying retirement in 2011 after spending most of his professional career in college admissions at several schools, including the University of Chicago. Then he got a job pitch.

Come work as a college guidance counselor at Southland College Prep Charter High School, a start-up school with a predominantly African-American student body in a Chicago suburb.

Initially, Anderson thought about volunteering his services and expertise three hours a day, three days a week. But Southland wanted him full time with a much bigger commitment.

Hundreds of current and former Southland students are certainly thankful he took the job.

In fact, it's not a stretch to...

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