Carlos Cobarrubias is a young man whose determination and hard work is helping his family with dreams of a better life.
For Carlos, the path to the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange began behind his parent’s corner fruit stand on the northwest side. He is an American born son of undocumented immigrants. The 18-year-old has been working for as long as he can remember to help bring in the $1000 dollar income his family has each month. After rent there wasn’t more than $300 dollars left over for the family of seven and virtually no time to study.
But Carlos was able to graduate from Prosser Career Academy with a 4.95 GPA, the highest ACT score in his class and a scholarship to the University of Southern California.
Helping him is a $1000 dollar grant from the CME group. Of the 100 CPS students who received them, five got paid summer internships.
It is a dream come true for Carlos.