The Chicago Scholars Program

The Chicago Scholars Program provides a one-time $1,000 award to one college-bound senior from each of the over 110 public, private, and parochial Chicago high schools each year.

Each student must meet acceptance criteria as stated on the program application. The criteria include financial need, academic achievement, obstacles surmounted, personal essay, recommendations from the student's school's principal and counselor, and a school or community advocate for the student, and a copy of the student's college acceptance letter from the school he or she plans to attend.

Each student must agree to use the $1,000 gift for college expenses at an accredited, two to four year college, university, or trade school.

Each summer, Scholarship Chicago hosts an awards reception and ceremony at which they present the scholarship gifts to the current class of Chicago Scholars.

Additional programming and opportunities are provided for Chicago Scholars through partnerships with other educational and cultural organizations. We also seek other opportunities to support and promote Chicago Scholars, college readiness, education, and the organization's mission in Chicago.

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