Student Leadership

Blair Polinsky

Director, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Fundraiser

Blair is a junior at the University of Illinois who joined College Ventures to make a positive impact on the Champaign community by paying it forward. As a current college student, Blair recognizes the importance of higher education and wants to ensure that a lack of resources or money should not be a barrier for students who want to further their education.

Blair's goal as chapter director at UIUC is to manage the fundraising process, motivate current Illinois students to give back, and to positively impact the lives of students who are applying for a grant.

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Reach out to Blair at if you're looking to join College Ventures at the University of Illinois.

Jesse Lowell

Director, University of Arizona Fundraiser

Jesse is a sophomore at the University of Arizona who is passionate about giving back and supporting those in need. As someone who is fortunate enough to receive a quality education, Jesse hopes to play a pivotal role in providing others with the same opportunities he was lucky enough to afford.

Jesse's goal is to increase the outreach of the organization and show others how just a little bit of work can have a profound impact on the lives of those around us. 

Jesse is also a member of the University of Arizona club hockey team and enjoys golfing and spending time with friends. 

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” - Sean Patrick Flanery

Reach out to Jesse at if you're looking to join College Ventures at the University of Arizona.

Nicholas Charalab

Director, Indiana University at Bloomington Fundraiser

Nick is a senior attending Indiana University, leading College Ventures' fundraising in Bloomington. As a first-generation college student, he finds passion in assisting students pursuing higher education. Nick is looking forward to setting the foundation for this organization in a new location.

Nick has an immense amount of appreciation for the years that Bloomington has shaped him as a person and as a student. What drives Nick is the potential to allow students to feel that same sense of gratitude, without the worry of financing their education.


"In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Reach out to Nick at if you're looking to join College Ventures at the University of Indiana.

Jeremy Berman

Director, Baruch College Fundraiser

Jeremy joins College Ventures as a senior at Baruch College, motivated to help the next generation of Baruch students pay for college. As a current student, Jeremy understands first-hand the stresses that students go through, and by leading a fundraiser, he hopes to alleviate the financial burden that others face.

Jeremy strongly believes that finances shouldn't prevent students from attaining a higher education. Jeremy's role as a chapter director is to create a community of Baruch students that - together, through a common philanthropic desire - will reach their fundraising goal and help put a soon-to-be freshmen through college at Baruch.

Jeremy is also a member of the Baruch Tennis team and works part-time in the finance industry.

"Take the risk or lose the chance" - Anonymous

Reach out to Jeremy at if you're looking to join College Ventures at Baruch College.