This past spring, HFS alum Cynerick Osinaike accomplished one of his many life goals: He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and math from Milwaukee School of Engineering University (MSOE).

A hardworking, athletic, and articulate young man, Cynerick excelled in high school and college. His high school courses prompted his interest in sociology, psychology, science, and mathematics; he aspired to be a lawyer, doctor, engineer, or humanitarian. In high school, Cynerick was involved in various clubs, such as the African American Youth Group, and excelled in Track & Field. Cynerick’s success did not stop there.

In college, he participated in Muslim Student Association, National Society of Black Engineers (Treasurer), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and received awards for record-setting wins on the basketball court and for being a top-notch player. During his last year at MSOE, Cynerick created a senior design thesis entitled “Custom Ankle Foot Orthotic Design for Children with Spina Bifida.”

Outside of school, Cynerick enjoys trying new foods, traveling, writing, working out, and spending time with family. Cynerick acknowledges HFS Chicago Scholars as the reason for his success. HFS gave him the tools to succeed in higher learning throughout his high school career. The program allowed him to surround himself with similar-minded peers, develop family-like relationships with other scholars and directors, and quench his thirst for knowledge. His mentor was able to help him through tough times with constructive feedback, words of encouragement, and advice.