LINK Unlimited Scholar, DJ King, Talks Academic Success, and His Future

DJ King is a graduating senior and Jordan Wings Scholarship recipient heading to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall. The Nike Jordan Wings Scholarship awards primarily first-generation students’ scholarships and resources that reduce barriers so students can complete their studies without the added stress of financial debt.

He was introduced to the LINK program when his sister enrolled in the program during her freshman year of high school. Following her, DJ is now graduating from Morgan Park Academy and heading off to college in the fall thanks to his hard work, supportive family, and involvement with LINK’s one-on-one mentoring program that provided him with guidance throughout the complicated college application process.

The Chicago Defender spoke with LINK Unlimited Scholar, DJ King, about the LINK Unlimited program, his excitement about the future, and his message to other young people.


For more than 50 years, LINK Unlimited Scholars has been a Chicago-based institution working to change the trajectory of high-potential Black youth by providing unique programming in the classroom and beyond. LINK Scholars complete a four-year fellowship that includes academic enrichment, leadership development, career exposure, and college access to move them to, though, and beyond college.

LINK offers the necessary backing to help close the opportunity gap and further ensure economic stability for our Scholars. LINK’s model closes opportunity gaps and ensures long-term economic stability for its Scholars through a fellowship that focuses on academic enrichment, leadership development, career exposure, and college access. Since 2000, 100% of LINK’s senior Scholars have graduated high school with acceptance into selective colleges and universities.

On May 1st, College decision day, LINK Unlimited Scholars held a pep rally celebration to recognize the impressive accomplishments of the class of 2022. Despite the challenges of the last two years, 100% of the 26 graduating LINK Scholars were accepted into selective colleges and universities across the country and received over $4 million in scholarship offers.

“We are thrilled to come together as a community in celebration of our graduating Scholars,” said Kelli Hobson, Executive Vice President of LINK Unlimited Scholars. “The past two years have been extremely challenging, and our Scholars, families, staff, and mentors have all put in extraordinary effort to celebrate this day. We are so proud of the growth and dedication of our seniors and look forward to all of their accomplishments as they move onto this next chapter in their lives.”

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