CHICAGO (CBS) — Five high school seniors at the far South Side Butler College Prep received the surprise of a lifetime Tuesday.

During the school’s “Draft Day” presentation, UIC offered those students full ride scholarships to study education as part of its Call Me MiSTER program. The goal: To get students of color to return to their communities with a teaching degree.

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“The elation they expressed to receive scholarships to become teachers, it’s nothing like it,” said Alfred Tatum, Dean of the College of Education, UIC.

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“That’s my dream growing up,” said student Teon Nesbitt. “Somehow, some way, I just wanted to give back to my community and help my people.”

“We are going to be a part of generational change and multigenerational change because of these young men,” added Chris Goins, Principal at Butler College Prep. “They are going to touch lives that I am never going to meet and that just excites me.”

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The Call Me MiSTER program stands for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role (Models.) Right now the program is operating in 31 schools across the country.