BERWYN – Jose Serrano of Berwyn is one of five Chicago area teens selected to be part of the 2014 Bank of America Student Leaders program this summer.
A recent graduate of Noble Street College Prep, Serrano, 18, was awarded a paid, eight-week summer internship at a local nonprofit and a trip to Washington, D.C. in July to participate in the Bank of America Student Leadership Summit. He is employed by Working in the Schools (WITS) of Chicago.
The program is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Serrano will attend Stanford University on a full-ride scholarship in the fall as a QuestBridge Scholar. He is the first member of his family to graduate from college.
At Stanford, Serrano plans to study astronomical physics, with the hopes of becoming a scientist focusing on space intelligence and the expansion of human life to other planets.
He also plans to start a Belizean club for the university, where he hopes to educate people about Belizean culture.
In high school, Serrano was active in the National Honors Society (NHS), serving as president of his school chapter in his senior year. Through the NHS, he tutored younger students, as well.
The internships provides students with valuable work experience, while also supporting nonprofits with extra help this summer, according to Bank of America.