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Scholarships

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Welcome Chicago Public Schools Students, Parents, Counselors & Coaches to the CPS Scholarship Workbook!
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Important Notice: Scholarships are NOT guaranteed, they are a gift. Students/families must have a financial plan to pay for college. Chicago Public Schools encourages all academically eligible students to apply for strategic scholarships that are offered through our CPS Academic Works tool to help with college costs. MOST of the opportunities are for high school senior students (most urgent student group). Scholarship applications will require closer review for actual eligibility; thoroughly review/read scholarship criteria for best contact, content and instructions on applying.

MARCH Deadline

Scholarship alerts are intended to encourage and inform Chicago Public School students, staff and families of upcoming scholarship and program opportunities. This posting DOES NOT include all scholarships due between 2017-2018. To ensure students have access to the most up to date scholarship opportunities, please ensure you have activated a CPS Academic Works account to apply directly to scholarships and programs. Continue to check the Academic Works system for frequent updates. Sign up to receive scholarship emails blasts at CollegeScholarships@cps.edu.
Opportunity Type Scholarship Name Timeline (Open - Close) Target Demographic Award Amount Academic Works (AW) Link
           
External Norwegian National League Scholarships 1/1/2018 - 3/1/2018 Available scholarships are intended for 1st – 4th, 5th & 6th, 7th & 8th, 9th – 11th grades in addition to 12th-grade high school Seniors of Norwegian descent, Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, Reside in the following counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Kendall, McHenry or Wil $25 - $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1950
External Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults 10/1/2017 - 3/1/2018 Applicants must have been between the ages of 15 and 39 during their own diagnosis/treatment or during the diagnosis/treatment of their parent or sibling $2,500 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1986
External Ms Black USA - Kennetra Searcy Scholarship for Girls 1/1/2018 - 3/1/2018 HS Senior, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Recommendation from High School Principal, Plan to enroll in college/university during Fall 2018, Demonstrate financial need $5,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1992
External Mary E. Smith Foundation - Excellence in Academics & Community Service Award 9/1/2017 - 3/1/2018 Must be a brain tumor patient/survivor or closely related to someone diagnosed with a brain tumor (Relationships are limited to spouse, biological children, biological parents, biological siblings), Minimum of 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale, Rank in top half of graduating class or an ACT of 21 or SAT of 1000, Demonstrate strong leadership ability and community service, Demonstrate financial need, Open to DREAMers
$1,000 - $2,500
https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1858
External Mary E. Smith Foundation - Excellence in Science & Medicine Award 9/1/2017 - 3/1/2018 HS Senior, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Rank in the top half of class and have at least an SAT score of 1000 OR ACT of 21, Must have three (3) years of science courses with a minimum grade letter of B in each course, Entering or currently enrolled in an advanced educational program within the health sciences (including biology, chemistry, nursing, etc.) with the intent to enter the field of oncology or neurology (including neuroscience, neurosurgery, and neuropathology) at a college or four-year university, Open to DREAMers
$1,000 - $2,500
https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2217
External Mary E. Smith Foundation - The Karen Lewis CTU Excellence in Science Award 9/1/2017 - 3/1/2018 CPS HS Senior or graduate, Minimum 3.0 GPA, ACT of 21 or SAT of 1000, Entering or currently enrolled in an advanced educational program within the health sciences (including biology, chemistry, nursing, etc.), Pursuing a technical certification, associate or bachelor level degree; with an emphasis in science and/or screening and research in the areas of oncology or neurology (including neuroscience, neurosurgery, and neuropathology) at a college or four year university, Open to DREAMers
$1,000 - $2,500
https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2360
External Illinois AMVETS Scholarship Program 11/1/2017 - 3/1/2018 Student must be the child or grandchild of a veteran or active-duty, Be and Illinois resident, Have taken the ACT or SAT $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2249
External The Dream.US Scholarship 11/1/2017 - 3/1/2018 HS Senior, Minimum GPA of 2.5+, Have DACA or TPS OR you came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; and have significant unmet financial need, Intend to enroll full-time in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program at one of TheDream.US Partner Colleges no later than Spring of 2019, Eligible for in-state tuition at the Partner College you want to attend, Open to DREAMers up to $14,500 for associate's degree and up to $29,000 for bachelor’s degree https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2099
External Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship 11/1/2017 - 3/1/2018 HS Senior, African descent (for example, African American, African, or Ethiopian), Cumulative GPA of 3.3+, Plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or select business programs (such as finance, business administration, or marketing), Demonstrate financial need, Plan to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of the year following high-school graduation $5,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2034
External National Louis University Pathways Scholarship for Undocumented Students 12/20/2017 - 3/1/2018 HS Senior, Be accepted for the next academic year at Pathways at National Louis University for fall 2018, Be ineligible to apply for or receive federal and state financial aid, Sign-up for and complete scholarship interview, Pay the $50 enrollment deposit, Open to DREAMers up to $20,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2538
External National Catholic College Admission Association (CCAA) Scholarship 1/23/2018 - 3/1/2018 Applicants must graduate in the spring (i.e., spring 2018 high school graduation for fall 2018 awards), Recipients must be accepted to one or more National CCAA member institutions (linked on AW), Recipients must enroll at a National CCAA member institution beginning in fall 2018 (list linked on AW) $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2584
External ACS Scholars Program 11/1/2017 - 3/1/2018 Be a graduating HS Senior or college freshman, sophomore or junior intending to, or already majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology, or another chemically-related science, Be African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American, Be a full-time student at a high school or accredited college, university, or community college, Demonstrate high academic achievement with a 3.0 GPA, Demonstrate financial through FAFSA, Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, Be planning a career in the chemical sciences
$1,000 - $5,000
https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2560
External Actuarial Diversity Scholarship 1/1/2018 - 3/1/2018 HS Senior, Must have at least one birth parent who is a member of one of the following minority groups: Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American, Pacific Islander, Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) with an emphasis on math or actuarial courses, Must have a minimum ACT math score of 28 or SAT math score of 620, Intent on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession, Enrolling as a full-time undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited educational institution $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2563
External CRCA Scholarship 1/3/2018 - 3/2/2018 HS Senior, ACT composite of 29 or greater or SAT score of 1360 or greater, Accepted as full-time student into undergraduate degree programs by four-year accredited colleges for the following fields of study – liberal arts and sciences, engineering, architecture, or business, United States citizens residing in Cook or other area counties $4,000 renewable https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2278
External CRC Scholarship 1/1/2018 - 3/2/2018 HS Senior, Demonstrate financial need, Be a dependent of a member of a Chicagoland Roofing Council Contractor firm and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 11, or CRC Contractor office personnel $2,000 renewable https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2083
External Money Smart Kid Essay Contest 1/23/2018 - 3/2/2018 Be a student in grades 5-8 in their school, Live in the Greater Chicagoland area, Have knowledge of money management skills (decision-making related to spending and saving, investing, use of credit, etc.) appropriate for their age and grade level, Demonstrate how they practice good money management skills in their daily lives, Be able to “think on their feet” – responding to questions from business leaders and media, Be articulate – able to speak in front of large groups and cameras, and respond well to questions, Open to DREAMers $1,000 - $3,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2575
External Greenwood Project Financial Services Summer Internship 11/27/2018 - 3/5/2018 Must be a current high school Junior or Senior, Have a minimum 3.0 GPA, Demonstrate interest learning about and working in the financial industry, Available to work 12-15 hours per week between June 4, 2018 – August 10, 2018, Must attend mandatory workshops in order to qualify for an internship Paid Summer Internship https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2581
External Kathryn G. Hansen Scholarship - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 12/1/2017 - 3/6/2018 HS Senior in Illinois, Commitment to pursue a higher education in an office professional, secretarial, or business-related field within the State of Illinois with preference given to attendance at the University of Illinois (NOT REQUIRED to attend U of I), Must be an Illinois and U.S. resident $500 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2132
External Dr. Charles Kennedy and Floyd A. Eskridge Jr. Scholarship 1/10/2018 - 3/9/2018 HS Senior with plans to enroll full-time in a degree-seeking program at a four-year accredited college/university, Minimum cumulative unweighted 2.5 GPA, Minimum 20 Service Learning Hours required, Must demonstrate Financial Need on FAFSA Student Aid Report, Must permanently reside in Joliet or Chicago metropolitan area $700 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2401
External American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) Scholarship Program 12/15/2017 - 3/15/2018 HS Senior intending to enroll the next semester following high school graduation in an accredited college or university, Must have and maintain an unweighted GPA of 3.0, The student must plan to major in: business, one of the physical sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics field in preparation for a career in the energy sector, Must be one of the historically underrepresented minorities in the sciences, technology, engineering and math-related disciplines (African American, Hispanic or Native American) $1,500 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1892
Apply-To (Ours) National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) Chicago Chapter Scholarship 2/1/2018 - 3/15/2018 African American HS Senior, Minimum 2.5 unweighted GPA, No minimum ACT/SAT score, Record of community involvement, All majors will be considered; however, prospective Insurance, Risk Management, Business, Computer Science, Actuarial Science and Finance majors are preferred CHARTER APPLICATION AVAILABLE VIA ACADEMIC WORKS LINK $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2439
External Eta Xi Sigma Beacon of Light Scholarship 11/17/2017 - 3/16/2018 HS Senior, Identify as African-American/Black, Permanent residents of the Chicago metropolitan area, Cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0+, Committed to attend the Pre-Mother’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show on May 12, 2018 $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2168
External Marcus J. Bradshaw Foundation Scholarship 1/29/2018 - 3/16/2018 HS Senior accepted into an accredited four-year college or university, This year, the scholarship is open to ALL students regardless of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation and the award is no longer restricted to just minority students, as in 2017, A minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, Score of at least 20 on the ACT and/or 1020 on the SAT, A positive behavioral record, Open to DREAMers $2,500 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2441
External Genesys Works Internship Program 1/1/2018 - 3/16/2018 High school junior who is on track to graduate, Legally able to work in the U.S. and have valid documentation allowing you to do so, At least 16 years of age by August 1, 2018 of your training year, Able to work in the afternoons during your senior year in high school, Recommended by your school counselor, principal or specialty teacher, Willing to invest your entire summer, completing our intensive training program, Aware that Genesys Works is something you do in addition to your schoolwork Paid Internship https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1898
External Girls Who Code: 2018 Summer Immersion Program 1/15/2018 - 3/16/2018 Be current Sophomores or Juniors in high school, Identify as female, Commit to attending the full 7-week program at their respective location. The program runs June 25 – August 10, 2018, Commute to and from the program every day. Girls Who Code will work with participants to coordinate transportation support as needed. Housing and travel considerations for non-local students are not provided Free summer program https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2396
External Que Llueva Café Scholarship for Undocumented Students 1/31/2018 - 3/17/2018 Must be an undocumented student (DACA students are eligible), Must demonstrate financial need, Must demonstrate academic potential and promise, Must be or will be a high school/GED graduate who will enroll for the first time in an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the 2018-2019 academic year., Open to DREAMers $500 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2123
External Live Más Scholarship 1/15/2018 - 3/18/2018 HS Senior OR Current undergraduate student, Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States who are at least 16 years of age and no older than 24 years of age, Must be on-track to apply for an accredited post-high school/post-secondary educational programs (including accredited two- and four-year college, universities, vocational-technical, and trade schools), Must showcase personal passions in a two (2) minute video submission $5,000 - $25,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2587
External Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program 1/17/2018 - 3/21/2018 7th-grade students ONLY, High academic ability and achievement, Demonstrated financial need, Open to DREAMers Special consideration for $40,000 per year Cooke College Scholarship https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2193
External Chicago Urban League Scholarship 12/25/2017 - 3/23/2018 HS Senior, Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA, Must enroll in a full-time undergraduate degree-granting program or completing a two-year college program and expecting to enroll in a degree-granting program at a four-year institution, Demonstrate financial need, Open to DREAMers up to $5,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2048
External Princeton University Summer Journalism Program 2/23/2018 - 3/23/2018 Must currently be a junior in high school (class of 2019), Must live in the United States, Must have at least an unweighted GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, Must have an interest in journalism, The combined income of your custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, must not exceed $45,000 Free Summer Journalism Program https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1860
External Colonel Henry Crown Scholarship Fund - Junior Achievement 1/23/2018 - 3/23/2018 HS Senior, Average of “B” or better beginning in sophomore year (average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 or better), Must have participated in a Junior Achievement high school program such as the JA Company Program, JA Career Success, High School Heroes, etc., Open to DREAMers $40,000 ($10,000/year over 4-year period) https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2327
Apply-To (Ours) Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Windy City Scholars 2/1/2018 - 3/30/2018 Must be an African-American high school senior, Must reside and attend a school in Chicago, Cumulative (unweighted) GPA between 2.5 and 3.49 on a 4.0 scale OR Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, Must attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the U.S. and remain in good standing during all years for which the scholarship is awarded, Open to DREAMers CHARTER APPLICATION AVAILABLE VIA ACADEMIC WORKS LINK $2,000 ($500/year) https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2155
External Midwest Great Lakes Regional Scholarship 12/20/2017 - 3/30/2018 HS Senior, Resident of Illinois, Intending to enroll in a field related to educational facility planning and design (including, but not be limited to, architecture, engineering, interior design, facility planning, and construction management), Open to DREAMers $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2535
External 1000 Dreams Scholarship 1/1/2018 - 3/30/2018 HS Senior, Female-identifying student, Demonstrate financial need, Must attend a two-year or four-year college/university in the United States Varies https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2212
External Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) General Scholarship 12/31/2017 - 3/30/2018 HS Senior OR Current College Student, Must be of Hispanic Heritage, Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for High School Students, Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for College and Graduate Students, Plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university, or graduate school, during the FALL of a scholarship cycle (year), U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA), Complete FAFSA or state-based financial aid application (if applicable), Open to DREAMers $500 - $5,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2080
Apply-To (Ours) IPLAC Educational Foundation Scholarship 1/1/2018 - 3/30/2018 Chicago public high school seniors (students attending CPS charter schools are eligible), Have a minimum 3.0 weighted GPA, Applicants must plan to major in science, engineering or pre-law, The application MUST include high school transcript and ACT and/or SAT scores, Chosen students must attend the IPLAC dinner in May 2018 in order to receive the award. CHARTER APPLICATION AVAILABLE VIA ACADEMIC WORKS LINK $5,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2042
Apply-To (Ours) Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Delta Sigma Chicago Alumnae Chapter Scholarship 1/20/2018 - 3/30/2018 High school senior (class of 2018), Accepted to and enrolled in a 2-year and/or 4-year college or university, All applicants must have a minimum 2.5 weighted GPA, Be a full-time student in good standing at an accredited high school, Open to DREAMers CHARTER APPLICATION AVAILABLE VIA ACADEMIC WORKS LINK $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2108
External AKA Imani Pearls Community Development Foundation - HBCU Scholarship 2/16/2018 - 3/30/2018 High school senior (class of 2018), 2.85 Cumulative Grade Point Average or higher (unweighted), An acceptance letter from the Historically Black College or University (HBCU) the student will attend on official letterhead, Proof of community service hours performed during your high school career; a minimum of 40 hours is required, Open to DREAMers $5,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1971
External AKA Imani Pearls Community Development Foundation - General Scholarship 2/16/2018 - 3/30/2018 High school senior (class of 2018), 2.85 Cumulative Grade Point Average or higher (unweighted), An acceptance letter from the four-year institution you will attend on official letterhead, Proof of community service hours performed during your high school career; a minimum of 40 hours is required, Open to DREAMers $5,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2219
External Ezekiel Taylor Scholarship Foundation 9/15/2017 - 3/31/2018 HS Senior, African American Male, Minimum of 2.5 GPA, Resident of Cook County, Must attend two-year or four-year college/university in Fall 2018 up to $3,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2274
Apply-To (Ours) Gread "Lefty" McKinnis Memorial Foundation Scholarship 9/15/2017 - 3/31/2018 HS Senior, African American Male, U.S. citizen (Chicagoland area), Admitted to a full-time undergraduate program at 2 or 4-year college $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2309
External The Car Care Council Women's Board (WB) Scholarships 10/1/2017 - 3/31/2018 Female HS Senior, Minimum 2.5 GPA or higher, Plan to enroll in an ASE-certified, post-secondary automobile technology program
$1,000 - $3,000
https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1878
External P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship 12/1/2017 - 3/31/2018 HS Senior, A verified language-related learning difference (including but not limited dyslexia, written expression, reading comprehension, central auditory processing, visual perception, word recognition, and sequencing), Visual arts talent and has the intent to pursue a career in a visual arts field (primarily visual in nature such as ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, printmaking, and photography), Acceptance to an accredited four-year college or university or two-year community college, Demonstrate financial need Up to $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2258
External Monarch Awards Foundation Scholarship 1/31/2018 - 3/31/2018 Must be a 2018 graduating senior attending a Chicago Metropolitan Area High School (Chicago Metropolitan Area is defined by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce as Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties), Must have a minimum unweighted, cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, Planning to attend an accredited four-year college or university in the summer or fall of 2018, Must show proof of acceptance to and enrollment in an accredited four-year college or university before the scholarship is awarded, Open to DREAMers $2,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2452
External Chicago Fire Department Gold Badge Society Scholarship 1/1/2018 - 3/31/2018 Open to graduating 8th grade and High School Seniors, Must be qualifying children of active, disabled, retired or deceased firefighters or paramedics of the Chicago Fire Department, GPA requirements vary depending on the scholarship ("B" or "C" GPA), Open to DREAMers $2,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2590
External Foster Care to Success Scholarship 1/1/2018 - 3/31/2018 Must have been in public or private foster care for the 12 consecutive months leading up to and including their 18th birthday; OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship from foster care after their 16th birthday; OR they must have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday, Accepted into an accredited, Pell-eligible college or other postsecondary school, Have been in foster care or orphaned while living in the United States, Open to DREAMers
$2,500 - $5,000
https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1924
External DePaul College Connect Summer Enrichment Program 2/1/2018 - 3/31/2018 Must attend high school in Chicago, Be in grade 10 or 11 (rising junior or senior), Have a minimum 2.5 GPA, A good attendance record and plans for college, Open to DREAMers Free Summer Enrichment Program https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2578
All links provided are accessible through CPS Academic Works (AW). “Ours” are opportunities where the application is embedded in Academic Works. External Opportunities must be completed outside of the AW system. For more information on scholarships contact CPS Scholarship Manager, Michele Howard, at CollegeScholarships@cps.edu

APRIL Deadline

Scholarship alerts are intended to encourage and inform Chicago Public School students, staff and families of upcoming scholarship and program opportunities. This posting DOES NOT include all scholarships due between 2017-2018. To ensure students have access to the most up to date scholarship opportunities, please ensure you have activated a CPS Academic Works account to apply directly to scholarships and programs. Continue to check the Academic Works system for frequent updates. Sign up to receive scholarship emails blasts at CollegeScholarships@cps.edu.
Opportunity Type Scholarship Name Timeline (Open - Close) Target Demographic Award Amount Academic Works (AW) Link
           
External Chicago Buffalo Troopers Educational Scholarship 10/15/2017 - 4/1/2018 HS Senior, Minimum unweighted 2.75 GPA, Strong committment to community service, Open to DREAMers $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1996
External Walmart Dependent Scholarship 1/5/2018 - 4/1/2018 Must be a Walmart associate OR their high school senior dependent, Must have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.0, Must have financial need and be able to demonstrate the need with required documents, U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States, Must be the dependent of a Walmart associate (employee) who has been actively employed within any division of Walmart for at least six consecutive months as of April 1, 2018, Enroll for fall 2018 as a freshman/1st-year student in a full-time program of study at a two-year or four-year college or university Up to $13,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2393
External My Two Sons: Sean/John Memorial Scholarship 1/1/2018 - 4/1/2018 HS Senior, Have a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 2.5 or better, Be a minority student, Reside in the Chicago or South Suburban area, Plan to attend a 4-year college or 2-year community college in Fall of 2018, Open to DREAMers $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2174
External Back 2 School Illinois Scholarship 1/1/2018 - 4/1/2018 HS Senior, College-bound, Must live in Illinois and be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident, Student must show commitment to community service $2,500 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2073
External Illinois CPA Society Accounting Scholarship 1/3/2018 - 4/1/2018 Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent, Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident and be an Illinois resident, Be enrolled in an Illinois college or university, Plan to sit for the CPA exam in Illinois within three years of application date, Demonstrate progress in a course of study in accounting, Demonstrate achievement and financial need Up to $4,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1902
Apply-To (Ours) Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Chicago Alumnae Chapter - Music Scholarship 12/15/2017 - 4/6/2018 CPS HS Senior, African-American or African descent, Resident of Chicago, Minimum unweighted GPA of 2.0, Can display a notable talent in music through vocals or instrumentals (video required), Proof of acceptance to a 4 -year college/university or a formal music program (e.g. Vander Cook College of Music), Open to DREAMers CHARTER APPLICATION AVAILABLE VIA ACADEMIC WORKS LINK $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2544
Apply-To (Ours) Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Chicago Alumnae Chapter Scholarship 12/15/2017 - 4/8/2018 HS Senior, African-American or African descent, Resident of Chicago, Must attend one of the DST 2017-2018 target-CPS high schools (listed on AW), Have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5, Have a minimum ACT score of 17 (or higher) or SAT score of 910 (or higher), Demonstrate financial need , Open to DREAMers CHARTER APPLICATION AVAILABLE VIA ACADEMIC WORKS LINK $12,000 - paid $3,000 per year over 4 years https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2153
External Young Ambassadors Program 2/9/2018 - 4/9/2018 Be a Latino/a high school senior graduating in 2018, Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security Number at the time of application, Have a minimum weighted cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale, Be fluent in English, Be enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or university (community college is eligible; enrollment will be verified for the fall 2018), Commit to participate in the one-week training seminar at the Smithsonian Institution and complete a four-week paid summer internship $2,000 stipend & Five-week Internship https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2593
External Society of Women Engineers Chicago Regional Section Scholarship 1/15/2018 - 4/10/2018 Applicant must be a female, The applicant’s home must be in a zip code with these three numbers as the first three digits: IL 600-608, 610-611, and 613; IN 463-466, The applicant’s unweighted GPA must be a 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale, The applicant must be a HS Senior who intends to be a 1st year student (or re-entry or transfer student) accepted into an engineering or computer science program at an accredited college or university for the fall 2018 semester $1,000 - $1,500 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2214
External Edward G. Irvin Scholarship Foundation 12/1/2017 - 4/13/2018 HS Senior, African-American MALE, Minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.0, Minimum ACT score of 18 and/or SAT score of 950, Active participation in extracurricular activities and/or community service programs $5,000 ($1,250 disbursed annually over 4 years) https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2102
External Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Culinary & Hospitality Management Scholarship (IRAEF) 11/15/2017 - 4/14/2018 HS Senior, Resident of Illinois, Accepted and plan to enroll in an accredited culinary school, college or university, Must major in culinary arts, restaurant management or food service related program, Open to DREAMers $500 - $6,500 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1922
External Christopher D. Redding Youth Asthma Foundation College Scholarship 1/1/2018 - 4/15/2018 HS Senior, Student must participate in (a minimum of one) high school sports activity, Involved in charitable activities such as community service or volunteer work, You can provide documented evidence of an asthma medical condition by a medical professional, Permanent residence in one of the following Chicagoland area counties: Cook, Lake, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, McHenry, or Will, Open to DREAMers $2,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2424
External The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes 1/11/2018 - 4/15/2018 Must be between the ages of 8 and 18 (not yet age 19), Permanent residents of and currently residing in the U.S.A. or Canada, Currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months, Working as an individual to lead their service work (The Barron Prize does not accept applications from large groups of young people) $5,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1920
External Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Scholarship 1/15/2018 - 4/16/2018 HS Senior, Minimum weighted 2.5 GPA, Been homeless during at least 1 semester of HS, Applied to 2 or 4-year not-for-profit college, Open to DREAMers $2,500 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1946
External School of the Art Institute of Chicago College Arts Access Program 9/1/2017 - 4/16/2018 CPS HS Student (10th-12th), 3.0 GPA recommended with strong attendance record, Interest in pursuing a creative career path at a postsecondary institution, Recommendation from a teacher or academic professional, A demonstrated commitment to academic excellence Scholarships will be provided to cover program tuition and fees, art supplies, transportation fees, and meal costs https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2399
External Supporting Excellence in Education Foundation Scholarship 12/1/2018 - 4/16/2018 HS Senior, Must be of Asian-Indian heritage with at least one parent of Indian ancestry, Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, Must enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in a U.S. university in the Fall of 2018, Must be a legal resident of the United States $10,000 over 4 years https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1977
Apply-To (Ours) Urban Ekonomics - Legacy Scholarship Chicago 1/21/2018 - 4/20/2018 CPS High School Senior (12th grade), Underrepresented Minority Student (African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American/Pacific Islander or Hispanic American), 3.2 GPA (weighted), Must score a composite ACT of 24 or greater OR score a composite SAT of 1180 or greater, Open to DREAMers $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2447
External CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship 12/11/2017 - 4/20/2018 HS Senior OR Current undergraduate student, Have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, Exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities, Pursuing a major and career in a performing art, Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black students, Planning to be enrolled in the upcoming academic year as a full-time undergraduate student, U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident $3,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2061
External CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship 12/11/2017 - 4/20/2018 HS Senior OR Current undergraduate student, Have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, Exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities, Be pursuing a major and career in a visual art, Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black students, Planning to be enrolled in the upcoming academic year as a full-time undergraduate student, U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident $3,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2061
External Chicago Engineers Foundation (CEF) Student Incentive Award 1/1/2018 - 4/24/2018 CPS HS Senior, Minimum 2.5 unweighted GPA, Admitted to a 4-year regionally accredited college or university’s engineering program (e.g., Civil Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, etc., this includes programs where the election of engineering major is deferred to the second year), Open to DREAMers $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2185
External Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) Scholarship 2/16/2018 - 4/26/2018 High school applicant’s family must have a current JASC Family membership, Applicant must be a high school senior and enroll on a full or part-time basis in an accredited school OR be currently enrolled as a student in a college or university, Applicant need not be of Japanese ancestry and need not be a citizen of the United States, Awards to high school students are contingent upon the applicant timely providing the JASC with a notice of acceptance by an accredited school of advanced learning, Open to DREAMers Varies https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2223
External Iota Chapter Scholarship 1/8/2018 - 4/30/2018 HS Senior, African American, Minimum unweighted 2.5 GPA, Attending college or university full-time in the Fall 2018 $1,000 - $2,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2416
External Tiara Parks Scholarship Award 1/15/2018 - 4/30/2018 HS Senior, cumulative unweighted 2.4 GPA, Must be a resident of Cook County, A victim of gun violence or have lost a parent to gun violence, Letter of acceptance from 2 – 4 year College/University or trade school, Applicants must be actively involved in Community Service (at least 20 hours), Open to DREAMers $500 - $2,500 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1930
All links provided are accessible through CPS Academic Works (AW). “Ours” are opportunities where the application is embedded in Academic Works. External Opportunities must be completed outside of the AW system. For more information on scholarships contact CPS Scholarship Manager, Michele Howard, at CollegeScholarships@cps.edu

MAY Deadline

Scholarship alerts are intended to encourage and inform Chicago Public School students, staff and families of upcoming scholarship and program opportunities. This posting DOES NOT include all scholarships due between 2017-2018. To ensure students have access to the most up to date scholarship opportunities, please ensure you have activated a CPS Academic Works account to apply directly to scholarships and programs. Continue to check the Academic Works system for frequent updates. Sign up to receive scholarship emails blasts at CollegeScholarships@cps.edu.
Opportunity Type Scholarship Name Timeline (Open - Close) Target Demographic Award Amount Academic Works (AW) Link
           
External Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest 11/1/2017 - 5/15/2018 8th - 10th Grade, 11th - 12th Grade, Undergraduate & Graduate Students, Attend schools located in the states of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin $500 - $2,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2422
External One Summer Chicago 2/1/2018 - 5/15/2018 Be a City of Chicago resident (with the exception of Forest Preserve of Cook County – requires residency in Cook County), Be between 14 and 24 years of age, Have permission to participate from a parent or guardian if you’re under the age of 18, Complete the One Summer Chicago online application, Most programs will begin on July 2, 2018 and end on August 10, 2018. These dates may be subject to change depending on the partner organization, Open to DREAMers Summer Employment Opportunity https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2336
External One Million Degrees Scholarship 10/1/2017 - 5/16/2018 HS Senior, Minimum 2.0 GPA or higher, Be Pell Grant or STAR Scholarship eligible, Be pursuing your first associate’s degree or advanced certificate, Planning to attend one our of 11 partner colleges (listed on AW) full-time for the entire 2018-2019 academic year Varies https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2013
External CBC Spouses Education Scholarship 12/11/2017 - 5/18/2018 HS Senior OR Current undergraduate student, Have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, Exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities, Open to ALL majors, Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black students, Planning to be enrolled in the upcoming academic year as a full-time undergraduate student, U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident Varies ($500 – $8,200) https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2061
External Alphonso Deal Scholarship 1/5/2018 - 5/18/2018 HS Senior, Must be a United States Citizen, Must be of good character, The applicant is permitted to attend a two-year college or university of their choice, Applicant must have a letter of acceptance to a college or university prior to the date of award, Pursue academics of law enforcement, or other related areas, for the betterment of the Criminal Justice system Varies https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1880
External FMAA Educational Scholarship Program 2018 9/12/2017 - 5/30/2018 HS Senior planning to attend an accredited 2 or 4-year college/university, Open to DREAMers $3,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2031
External CHADE Foundation Scholarship 1/1/2018 - 5/31/2018 Children of Beauty Supply store owners, as well as Beauty School students are especially invited to apply, Be a U.S. citizen, Plan to matriculate the next academic year (2018-19) in college/university Varies https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2338
External WyzAnt College Scholarship 10/1/2017 - 5/31/2018 Anyone who is at least 16 years or older with plans to be enrolled in a college, university, or adult online education program sometime between August 1, 2018 and November 1, 2020 is encouraged to apply. This includes most high school sophomores, Open to DREAMers Varies https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2017
All links provided are accessible through CPS Academic Works (AW). “Ours” are opportunities where the application is embedded in Academic Works. External Opportunities must be completed outside of the AW system. For more information on scholarships contact CPS Scholarship Manager, Michele Howard, at CollegeScholarships@cps.edu

JUNE Deadline

Scholarship alerts are intended to encourage and inform Chicago Public School students, staff and families of upcoming scholarship and program opportunities. This posting DOES NOT include all scholarships due between 2017-2018. To ensure students have access to the most up to date scholarship opportunities, please ensure you have activated a CPS Academic Works account to apply directly to scholarships and programs. Continue to check the Academic Works system for frequent updates. Sign up to receive scholarship emails blasts at CollegeScholarships@cps.edu.
Opportunity Type Scholarship Name Timeline (Open - Close) Target Demographic Award Amount Academic Works (AW) Link
           
External The Milliman Opportunity Scholarship Program 3/20/2018 - 6/1/2018 Must identify as: Black or African American, Latino/Hispanic, American Indian or Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Enroll in a 4-year institution/university, Major in one of the following fields of study: Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Data Analytics, Data Science, Economics, Finance, Mathematics, Programming, Statistics up to $5,000 https://cps.academicworks.com//opportunities/2297
External City Colleges of Chicago Scholarships 1/1/2018 - 6/5/2018 Must attend a City College of Chicago (CCC), Multiple scholarships are available throught the CCC scholarships portal (linked in AW post), Eligiblity requirements vary based on the provider Varies https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2292
External DePaul University Sid Feldman Legacy Fund 1/1/2018 - 6/8/2018 HS Senior, Intend to enroll in the DePaul's College of Business, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Open to DREAMers Varies - Partial Full Tuition
External Abbott and Fenner Scholarship 10/1/2017 - 6/14/2018 HS Senior, Must articulate your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals, Open to DREAMers $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2170
External Automotive Hall of Fame Scholarship 2/1/2018 - 6/30/2018 Must be enrolled as full-time student, Must have 3.0 GPA or higher, Submit a letter of acceptance for an associate, bachelor, or masters program, Submit two letters of recommendation supporting your automotive interests, Be accepted at an accredited college, university or trade school within the United States, Student must be a United States citizen or in the United States on a Student Visa Varies https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2465
All links provided are accessible through CPS Academic Works (AW). “Ours” are opportunities where the application is embedded in Academic Works. External Opportunities must be completed outside of the AW system. For more information on scholarships contact CPS Scholarship Manager, Michele Howard, at CollegeScholarships@cps.edu