Scholars all across the nation

Together we can transform Chicago.

Strong partnerships with colleges and universities are crucial to student success.  

Chicago Scholars officially partners with nearly 200 colleges and universities across the nation. We join with schools who are aligned with our mission and who are committed to supporting underrepresented, first-generation, and low-income students.


Why do colleges partner with Chicago Scholars?

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  • Early contact with our diverse pool of 600+ talented and motivated Scholars

  • Ability to interact with seniors from 100+ Chicago high schools and 70+ community areas

  • Opportunity to meet and recruit additional students from our community based organization partnerships



  • Invitation to annual Scholars College Fair each July

  • Chance to meet face-to-face with applicants at the unique Onsite College Forum in October

  • Assistance in hosting an info session, presentation, or reception for students at the Chicago Scholars Offices in downtown Chicago



  • Incorporation into our specialized college counseling curriculum

  • Requirement that Scholars apply to at least 5 college partners

  • Collaboration in supporting Scholars after they enroll

Our partnership with Chicago Scholars has been invaluable in helping us to recruit and yield highly talented and diverse students from every neighborhood in Chicago.
— Jesse Yeager, Denison University Admissions

learn more about how your institution can connect with Chicago ScholarS


Platinum Partners

A special subset of our partner institutions are considered Platinum Partners. These schools comprise our highest tier of partnership and have been identified for their commitment to supporting our Scholars financially, academically, and socially from the time they enroll until they graduate. 

As Platinum Partners, the schools pledge to the following:

  • Meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need through graduation for Scholars

  • Sponsoring a campus visit prior to an admitted Scholar confirming enrollment

  • Including Scholars in any bridge and first-year orientation programming

  • Providing an on-campus liaison for Scholars

2019-2020 Platinum Partners