Application Now Open to Coach One Million Degrees Scholars

 Apply today to become an Coach!  You will work one-on-one with an OMD Scholar and empower them to set goals, achieve critical milestones, and become tomorrow's leaders. 

One Million Degrees (OMD)— a Chicago nonprofit organization that empowers low-income, highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, in work, and in life—is now accepting applications for its volunteer coaches. OMD Coaches work with scholars in a one-on-one and small group setting to provide professional and personal support throughout the academic year, while helping to broaden scholars’ horizons of career aspirations and possibilities. Coaches give just a few hours each month and make a profound difference in the lives of OMD Scholars. Coaching sessions take place on community college campuses, including Kennedy King and Olive- Harvey Colleges on the Chicago South Side. Currenlty, 24 University of Chicago College Alumni serve as coaches. Learn more about coaching and apply here.

“Coaching for One Million Degrees was an extremely meaningful and fulfilling experience,” says Rachael Olson AB'06, MBA'10 , “As a coach, I feel I was able to directly impact the scholars’ lives, and I really enjoyed watching them grow and navigate what they wanted to do beyond school.”  

  For questions about the program or applications, call Michaela McGill at 312-920-9605 ext. 310 or send an email to


 One Million Degrees believes that when given a solid system of support, every student has the ability to reach his or her full personal and professional potential. Since 2006, One Million Degrees has provided critical supports to help empower hundreds of community college students to succeed in the classroom and beyond. One Million Degrees Scholars are graduating at roughly two times the state average and are equipped with the skills necessary to help them reach their full potential in school, in work, and in life. Learn more about One Million Degrees.