Employment Resources

Scholar Resources Category
 Employee Assistance Network

The Employee Assistance Network empowers you to lead a healthy and productive life. Our wide range of services include individual counseling, child and elder care referrals, financial consulting, college planning and more.

Help finding financial aid for college

When it comes to college, there are so many things you’ll have to consider – location, what programs and majors are offered, and how much will it all cost – just to name a few. This can all be really overwhelming. However, just like with anything in life, the more information you have, the more informed of a decision you can make. If you’re a student of any age or a parent overwhelmed by the costs of college or confused by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), we can help!

Tax assistance 

Free Tax Preparation of Federal and State Income Tax Returns for Full-Year Illinois Resident.

Legal Aid Chicago

Legal Aid Chicago provides free civil legal services to people living in poverty (at or below 150% of the federal poverty level) in Cook County.  


The Legal Aid Society at the Metropolitan Family Services

The Legal Aid Society at the Metropolitan Family Services aims to protect and strengthen families by providing equal access to justice for our most vulnerable citizens, including those who are impoverished, the elderly, and victims of domestic violence. 

City Colleges of Chicago Foundation Scholarships

City Colleges of Chicago Foundation Scholarships websiteprovides guidance and resources for applying to City Colleges of Chicago scholarships as well as external scholarships. 

The Metropolitan Family Services 

The Metropolitan Family Services offer a host of well-being services, including: psychiatric evaluation, case management and crisis intervention to help children and adults with chronic mental illnesses recover and be productive, assistance for older adults and their caregivers to meet the unique concerns of this stage of life, compassionate violence prevention programs, specialized veterans’ services for returning soldiers and their families.


Use BenefitsCheckUp to help find ways you can save money on your healthcare expenses. 

Heartland Alliance 

Heartland Alliance works to advance human rights and champion human dignity by providing services and promoting solutions to achieve a more just global society.

The Chicago Department of Public Health 
Affordable Health Insurance 

Affordable Health Insurance helps you clearly understand insurance options and choose the health coverage that supports your health and financial needs. Their resources discuss how to enroll in the state’s health insurance, the cost of plans, options for seniors and people with disabilities, and more.  

The Resurrection Project 
David Scherer

David Scherer

One Million Degrees Co-founder 

David is principal of Origin, co-chairs the Investment Committee, and oversees investment analysis, acquisition and asset management. He has more than 20 years of experience in real estate investing, finance, and asset management. In 2006, he co-founded One Million Degrees, which has raised $20 million to help low-income community college students graduate and successfully enter the workforce. David has served as the organization’s Board Chair for the past 12 years, as the organization has grown from 30 to 1,000 students served per year. He also serves as the President of the Harvard Club of Chicago and is on the Advisory Board of Invest for Kids.  

Rose Lizarraga

Rose Lizarraga

OMD CO-Founder & President & CEO, Lysa LLC

An award-winning documentary filmmaker and freelance writer, Rose’s career also includes 10 years spent developing new product and brand strategies as well as marketing and advertising campaigns at Leo Burnett, Foote, Cone & Belding, M&M/Mars and other small businesses.  More recently, she worked as a writer/editor for Modern Luxury Inc., publishers of magazines such as CS and Angeleno.  Rose graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with dual degrees in English and Political Science.  She is a founding member of the Daniel M. Kerrane, Jr. Foundation, former Board Vice President of the Fairy Godmother Foundation, and currently serves on the Chicago committee for Human Rights Watch.

Michael B Golden

Michael B. Golden

One Million Degrees Co-Founder 

A former national award-winning broadcast journalist, Michael Golden has also served as a political campaign manager and communications strategist for U.S. Presidential, Senate and Congressional races. Michael is a fellow at the British-American Project and the Open Society Institute. In 1999, Michael’s investigative and public affairs reporting for NBC earned him honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the AP, and the Edward R. Murrow Awards. In 2011, Michael co-founded Newsbound, Inc., a media and software company based in San Francisco, CA. He is also a co-founder of the Complete the Degree back-to-college initiative in Chicago, Illinois. Michael serves on the board of the ADL and on the governing board of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, as well as the Illinois Commission to Eliminate Poverty. He received his B.A. from Indiana University, and his M.S. in Public Services Management from DePaul University.