Chicago Scholars: Scholarship Page

Check out some of the scholarships that we have curated on this page just for you. The scholarships listed below organized in order based on their deadlines. All scholarships vary in award amount and eligibility requirements. This list will be updated weekly with new scholarships.

 
 

January Scholarships

Asian & Pacific Islander American (APIA) Scholarship Program

Due: January 10, 2019

Award: Ranges from $2,500 to $20,000/yr

Academic Level: High School Senior

Region: National

Field of Study: N/A

Eligibility

  • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census

  • Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply

  • Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2019.

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED

  • Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Submit one letter of recommendation online.

Link: http://www.apiasf.org/scholarship_apiasf.html

Poise Foundation: Kelvin D. Isom II Impact Scholarship Fund

Due: January 21, 2019

Award: $250

Academic Level: High School Senior, College Freshman or Sophomore

Region: Western Pennsylvania, Atlanta, Georgia, or Washington, D.C.

Field of Study: N/A

Eligibility

  • Attending a four-year college or university in Western Pennsylvania, Atlanta, Georgia, or Washington D.C.

  • Preference will be given to African American students and those who have a 3.0 or higher G.P.A

  • Must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or Professor.

  • Preference will be given to low-income students (determined by EFC number on SAR form).

Link: http://www.poisefoundation.org/the-kelvin-d-isom-ii-impact-scholarship-fund

The Point Foundation

Due: January 29, 2019

Award: Varies

Academic Level: High School Senior, College Student (all levels), Graduate/Doctoral Student

Region: National

Field of Study: N/A

Eligibility

  • Must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited college or university based in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, in the fall of 2019.

  • Must be “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community.

  • Must be enrolled full-time for the full academic year.

  • Must be enrolled in a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate/ doctoral program.

  • Community college students must be transferring to a four-year college or university.

  • If selected as a finalist, the finalist must be in North or Central America on April 25-27 and be available to fly to Los Angeles in order to remain eligible for the scholarship. All travel expenses will be covered by Point.

Link: https://pointfoundation.org/point-apply/apply-now/

Redfin Scholarship

Due: January 31, 2019

Award: $2,500

Academic Level: High School Senior, Undergraduate Student

Region: National

Field of Study: N/A

Eligibility

  • Legal U.S. resident

  • Eighteen years of age or older

  • Cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale

Link: https://www.redfin.com/resources/scholarship

February Scholarships

George Pullman Educational Scholarship

Due: February 1, 2019

Award: $10,000/yr

Academic Level: High School Senior

Region: National

Field of Study: N/A

Eligibility

  • Be a Cook County, Illinois resident

  • Be enrolling as a full-time student in the fall, for the first time, to receive a bachelor’s degree

  • Be attending an accredited bachelor’s degree-granting institution in the fall that is eligible to receive Title IV federal aid and is located within the U.S.

  • Demonstrate strong financial need

  • Have a cumulative 3.0 unweighted GPA or higher

  • Be eligible to receive state and federal aid and will file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident

Link: http://www.pullmanfoundation.org/apply/

McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship

Due: February 4, 2019

Award: Ranging from $5,000 to $100,000/yr

Academic Level: High School Senior

Region: National

Field of Study: N/A

Eligibility

  • Legal U.S. resident

  • Must be younger than 21 years old

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Planning to attend and enroll in an accredited a two- or four‑year college or university with a full-time course of study

  • Have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage

Link: https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/community/hacer.html

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)

Due: February 5, 2019

Award: Ranges from $500 to $5,000

Academic Level: High school seniors, Undergraduate students (all years), Community college students transferring to four year universities, and Graduate Students

Region: National

Field of Study: Emphasis on STEM Majors, BUT all majors are accepted

Eligibility

  • 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 undergraduate and graduate students

  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, during the fall of a scholarship cycle (year)

  • US Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)

  • Complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable)

Link: https://www.hsf.net/scholarship

Wentcher Foundation

Due: February 8, 2019

Award: $10,000/yr

Academic Level: High School Senior

Region: National

Field of Study: N/A

Eligibility

  • Open to US citizens or FAFSA-eligible non-citizens who are allowed to apply for and receive federal financial aid (e.g. legal permanent residents)

  • Minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA

  • Minimum 1030 SAT

Link: http://www.wentcherfoundation.org/

The HEAR Scholarship Foundation

Due: February 15, 2019

Award: $5,000/yr

Academic Level: High School Senior

Region: National

Field of Study: N/A

Eligibility

  • An unweighted GPA of, at, or above 3.0

  • ACT expected to exceed 24 OR SAT scores of, at, or above 1160/1610 or equivalent

  • Demonstrated financial need

  • Excellent character, impeccable work ethic, and demonstrated commitment to service

  • Must attend a four-year course at an accredited institution of higher education

  • Must be a U.S. citizen

Link: https://www.hearfoundation.org/scholarship/apply-now/

March Scholarships

Back2School Illinois Scholarship

Due: March 1, 2019

Award: $2,500

Academic Level: High School Senior

Region: Illinois

Field of Study: N/A

Eligibility

  • Must live in Illinois

Link: http://b2si.org/college-sch/

Golden Apple

Due: March 1, 2019

Award: Up to $23,000

Academic Level: High School Senior, College Students (attending a partner institution)

Region: National

Field of Study: N/A

Eligibility

High School Senior

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (DACAmented student) and resident of Illinois.

  • Graduate high school in 2019 with a 2.5 GPA - school transcripts must be submitted to Golden Apple before applications are considered complete

  • ACT: Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 16 on the Writing portion

  • SAT: Composite score of 1110 (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language *Taking either the ACT or SAT is acceptable. Superscoring is now available on ACT/SAT. Scores must be submitted to Golden Apple before applications are considered complete.

College Student

  • Graduated from an Illinois school.

  • Currently attending one of our partner universities in Illinois – or – currently attending a community college in Illinois.

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (DACAmented student) and resident of Illinois.

  • Have passed the TAP by January 2016

  • ACT: Prior to 9/1/15 – Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 19 on the Combined English/Writing portion; 9/1/15 and later – Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 16 on the Writing portion; 9/10/16 and later – Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 6 on the Writing portion or

  • SAT: Prior to 3/5/16 – Composite score of 1030 (critical reading + mathematics=1030 or higher) and minimum score of 450 on writing and language; (3/5/16 and later): Composite score of 1110 (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language
    *Taking either ACT or SAT is acceptable. Superscoring is now available on ACT/SAT. Scores must be submitted to Golden Apple before applications are considered complete.

Link: https://www.chicagoengineersfoundation.org/apply/

US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) CelebrAsian Scholarship

Due: March 29, 2019

Award: Ranges from $3,000 to $5,000

Academic Level: High School Senior

Region: National

Field of Study: N/A

Eligibility

  • At least 16 years of age at the time of application

  • Of Asian Pacific Island heritage (except for Bruce Lee Scholarship)

  • A citizen or permanent resident of the United States

  • Beginning full-time study at an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the United States in Fall 2019

  • Able to attend 2019 CelebrAsian Procurement Conference June 5 - 7, Houston, TX

Link: https://celebrasianconference.com/scholarships

April Scholarships

Chicago Engineers Foundation

Due: April 1, 2019

Award: Varies

Academic Level: High School Senior

Region: National

Field of Study: Engineering

Eligibility

  • An applicant must show proof of acceptance to a university with a 4-year accredited engineering program, and be starting as a Freshman Engineering major in Fall 2019.

  • Each applicant should meet the academic criteria outlined in the online application.

Link: https://www.chicagoengineersfoundation.org/apply/

July Scholarships

Goedeker’s College Book Scholarship

Due: July 7, 2019

Award: Grand Prize: $500, Honorable Mention: $100

Academic Level: High School Senior, College Student (all levels), Graduate students

Region: National

Field of Study: N/A

Eligibility

  • You must either be enrolled for the spring 2019 or registered for the fall 2019 semester. Being enrolled in summer classes does not make you eligible to enter.

  • Students must be American citizens.

  • Proof that you have a 3.0 GPA or higher (Unofficial transcripts meet this requirement. Please DO NOT pay for official transcripts solely for this scholarship.)

  • For homeschoolers: provide a parent-generated transcript

  • Proof that you are enrolled in an accredited college for the spring 2019 semester OR proof that you have been accepted at an accredited college for the fall 2019 semester

Link: https://www.goedekers.com/college-scholarship

Rolling Deadlines

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

Due: Varies

Award: Varies

Academic Level: Varies

Region: National

Field of Study: N/A

Eligibility

  • UNCF offers several scholarships that require various eligibility needs

Link: https://www.uncf.org/scholarships

The Actuarial Foundation

Due: Varies

Award: Varies

Academic Level: Varies

Region: National

Field of Study: Actuarial Sciences/Profession

Eligibility

  • The Actuarial Foundation offers several scholarships that require various eligibility needs

Link: https://www.actuarialfoundation.org/scholarships/

Scholarships for Undocumented Scholars

January Scholarships

The Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship

Due: January 18, 2019

Award: Varies

Academic Level: High School Senior, Undergraduate/Graduate Student

Region: Illinois

Field of Study: N/A

Eligibility

  • Be an Illinois resident attending a high school, college, university or vocational training program located within the State of Illinois.

  • Must be enrolled full-time for the Spring 2019/Fall 2019 semester at an accredited college, university or vocational training program located in the State of Illinois.

  • Be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA minimum of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale.

  • Commit 20 hours of volunteer time to The Anhelo Project events during the following academic year

Link: http://www.theanheloproject.org/dream/

The Point Foundation

Due: January 29, 2019

Award: Varies

Academic Level: High School Senior, College Student (all levels), Graduate/Doctoral Student

Region: National

Field of Study: N/A

Eligibility

  • Must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited college or university based in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, in the fall of 2019.

  • Must be “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community.

  • Must be enrolled full-time for the full academic year.

  • Must be enrolled in a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate/ doctoral program.

  • Community college students must be transferring to a four-year college or university.

  • If selected as a finalist, the finalist must be in North or Central America on April 25-27 and be available to fly to Los Angeles in order to remain eligible for the scholarship. All travel expenses will be covered by Point.

Link: https://pointfoundation.org/point-apply/apply-now/

Undocupoets Fellowship - Sibling Rivalry Press/Amazon Literary

Due: January 31, 2019

Award: $500

Academic Level: N/A

Region: National

Field of Study: N/A

Eligibility

  • Must be an undocumented or previously undocumented
    poet

Link: https://siblingrivalrypress.com/undocupoets-fellowship/

March Scholarships

Golden Apple

Due: March 1, 2019

Award: Up to $23,000

Academic Level: High School Senior, College Students (attending a partner institution)

Region: National

Field of Study: N/A

Eligibility

High School Senior

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (DACAmented student) and resident of Illinois.

  • Graduate high school in 2019 with a 2.5 GPA - school transcripts must be submitted to Golden Apple before applications are considered complete

  • ACT: Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 16 on the Writing portion

  • SAT: Composite score of 1110 (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language *Taking either the ACT or SAT is acceptable. Superscoring is now available on ACT/SAT. Scores must be submitted to Golden Apple before applications are considered complete.

College Student

  • Graduated from an Illinois school.

  • Currently attending one of our partner universities in Illinois – or – currently attending a community college in Illinois.

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (DACAmented student) and resident of Illinois.

  • Have passed the TAP by January 2016

  • ACT: Prior to 9/1/15 – Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 19 on the Combined English/Writing portion; 9/1/15 and later – Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 16 on the Writing portion; 9/10/16 and later – Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 6 on the Writing portion or

  • SAT: Prior to 3/5/16 – Composite score of 1030 (critical reading + mathematics=1030 or higher) and minimum score of 450 on writing and language; (3/5/16 and later): Composite score of 1110 (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language
    *Taking either ACT or SAT is acceptable. Superscoring is now available on ACT/SAT. Scores must be submitted to Golden Apple before applications are considered complete.

Link: https://www.chicagoengineersfoundation.org/apply/

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NOTE: Scholarship requirements and deadlines often change from year to year. Please double-check all information listed with the scholarship directly. If you find any errors, please email us at teamlaunch@chicagoscholars.org so we can update the list!

N/A - this means none applicable. If you see this next to a requirement it means that Scholars do not have any restrictions in this area.