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Gates Scholarship

Deadline: September 15th

The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential.

To learn more watch this video.

AWARD

Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance* that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

BASIC ELIGIBILITY

To apply, students must be:

  • A high school senior
  • From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
  • Pell-eligible
  • A US citizen, national or permanent resident
  • A minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale

 

Questbridge: National College Match Scholarship

Deadline: September 27th

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to apply to the National College Match in the fall of 2017, applicants must graduate from high school during or before the summer of 2018 and plan to enroll as a freshman in college in the fall of 2018.

The QuestBridge National College Match is open to all:

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents or

Students, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the United States.

*Important considerations for students who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents, but are attending high school in the United States: Only some of our colleges will consider non-U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents for admission and full scholarships through the College Match.

Academic Achievement:

We seek students who have demonstrated a level of academic achievement that meets or exceeds the admissions standards of our colleges. The following is based on profiles of past Finalists, and are not strict cut-offs:

Academic Criteria:

Grades and rigor of high school curriculum

Primarily A's in the most challenging courses available (usually including Honors, AP, and/or IB level courses.)

Class rank: Top 5-10% of your graduating class.

Standardized test scores

SAT or PSAT scores > 1310

ACT composite score > 28

Financial Qualifications

Finalists typically come from households earning less than $65,000 annually for a family of four, and often less. This is not a strict cut-off and we encourage students who feel they have faced significant financial hardship to review these financial details carefully to see if they may qualify.

Greenhouse Scholars

Greenhouse Scholars' vision is to create a community of leaders who will evolve the communities of the world. We are not a typical scholarship: our unique, Whole Person approach provides personal and professional support, in addition to financial support, during all 4 years of college.

We are excited to announce our application is open, and eligible high school seniors may go to our application site to apply. The deadline to be considered is December 1, 2017. I am attaching a flyer, which may be shared with students and parents. We are also mailing materials to your school.

Who should apply: We are looking for high-performing seniors who come from low-income communities and have demonstrated true leadership and positive community contributions. To be eligible, applicants must:

Be a graduating high school senior planning to attend a four-year accredited academic institution

Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a legal resident of Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, or North Carolina

Have a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above

Demonstrate financial need (annual household income no greater than $70,000)

Possess excellent leadership skills, an ability to persevere through difficult circumstances, and a strong interest and commitment to their community

Application Process: Please visit our website for information on the process and key dates: https://greenhousescholars.org/our-scholars/become-a-scholar/

Wendy’s Heisman Scholarship

Once again, Wendy's® High School Heisman® is awarding a total of $150,000 in scholarships to the nation’s most accomplished scholar-athletes. With winners from every school, 100 State Winners, 10 National Finalists, and 2 National Winners, your graduating seniors have lots of ways to join the ranks of more than 600,000 past winners—including several of your school’s very own.

Refer your best-of-the-best.

This year’s winners from your school will compete for 100 scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, along with recognition at the state and national levels. And their chance starts with you. Give your seniors a shot at winning the Wendy’s Heisman Scholarship by referring a student today. You can also encourage your Heisman-worthy students to apply at https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/

The 2017 Lexus Eco Challenge

The Lexus Eco Challenge is a national STEM competition for grades 6–12 that empowers teens to take action to help the environment.

Challenge your students to tackle eco issues related to land, water, air, and climate. In the contest, teams of 5–10 students create practical solutions while competing for amazing prizes–up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants are awarded each year to eligible teachers, students, and schools.

Chicago Football Classis College Fair

Student Registration is open!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-football-classic-college-fair-registration-form-tickets-36660956909

THE COLLEGE FAIR WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 FROM 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc. 15th Annual College Scholarship Fair

October 7th, 2017

UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave, Chicago IL.

 

Students can register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-100-black-men-of-chicago-15th-annual-college-scholarship-fair-students-registration-37229199538

 

Since 2003, the 100BMC has hosted an annual College Scholarship Fair with up to 200 Colleges and Universities interacting with nearly 5000 students, parents and educational partners.

The 15th Annual College Scholarship Fair will take place Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at the University of Illinois - Pavilion from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Student Registration is open; please complete your registration at CSF Registration to obtain your spot for this year’s fair.

Silas Purnell College Expo

September 16th, 2017

Tuley Park, 90th and King Dr.

11 AM – 2 PM

Free Admission

Special event brought to you by the:

United States Naval Academy

In Illinois: Chicago, IL

September 23, 2017

Join us for a USNA Admissions Program in one of the three dates/locations to learn about the admissions process for the U.S. Naval Academy, meet midshipmen and talk with USNA Admissions staff.

  • Full College Scholarship
  • 25 Academic Majors
  • #1 Public School in the Nation*
  • Top 5 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
  • Division I Varsity Sports
  • Exciting Careers Post-Graduation  

 

WHEN:

September 23, 2017 (Saturday)

2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Registration begins at 1:30 P.M.      

WHERE:              

UIC College Prep

1231 S. Damen Avenue

Chicago, IL 60608

FIRE's Free Speech Essay Contest is now open!

This year's prompt is: Explain why free speech is so important to higher education, and why censorship undermines the ideals of liberal education and a free society.

You can find more details about the essay contest here: thefire.org/contest

FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) will be awarding $20,000 in scholarship prizes to the winners.

 

Infinite Scholars Program

Free Scholarship Fair!

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with colleges and universities about scholarship opportunities. Some colleges will be accepting students and awarding scholarships on the spot. Learn about our Micro-Scholarship program that awards you scholarship dollars for your high school accomplishments.

 University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion

 525 S. Racine Ave

 Chicago, IL 60607

10:00am -3:00pm

4:00pm -7:00pm

Students need to bring: multiple copies of transcripts, ACT/SAT test scores, letters of recommendation, an essay titled “Why I want to go to college.”, and a resume.

THIS PROGRAM IS OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS

Students can register for this event online at www.infinitescholar.org

Scholarships for Undocumented/DACA Students
 
 

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program

 

Application Deadline:Varies
Amount:Varies
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university
faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois

Application Deadline:2/15/2018
Amount:$23,000
Created in 1988 by the award-winning teachers of the Golden Apple Foundation, the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program recruits and prepares a rich ethnic diversity of bright and talented high school graduates for successful teaching careers in schools of need throughout Illinois.

Golden Door Scholars

Application Deadline:10/27/2017
Amount:Varies
Golden Door Scholars and organizations like us provide hope for the 1.2 million undocumented youth in the U.S. Since 2013, we have awarded college scholarships to 45 exceptional students from an applicant pool of over 2200 students. Golden Door Scholars provides scholarships for DACA and TPS students. Students may be high school seniors, recent high school graduates or current college students. Preference will be given to high school graduates from states that require undocumented students to pay out-of-state tuition.

Contact
Nishtha Sharma
1101 Red Ventures Drive
Fort Mill , NC 29707
704-499-9083

Latino Resources College Scholarship Fund

Application Deadline:5/31/2018
Amount:$2,000
The Latino Resources College Scholarship Fund was launched in 2014 as a responsive Latino student success initiative. Through the Latino Resources College Scholarship Fund monetary awards are made to exceptional Latino college students in order to support increased Latino college completion rates. Latino students who are pursuing college education goals at a two-year community college, vocational school, four-year university - as well as graduate students - are invited to apply for our competitive scholarship awards. This program invests in Latino students who demonstrate academic excellence, civic engagement, leadership and financial need. This student success initiative is aligned with the mission of the Latino Resources nonprofit organization and its commitment to connect Latinos to resources, services and educational programs that promote active Latino civic participation within their respective communities.

Eligibility:
-Must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or meet the criteria for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Approved Students
-Must have a permanent residence within Cook County, Illinois
-Must have applied to or be enrolled as a full-time student in a college, university, or graduate school, including 2-year colleges, or vocational schools that lead to an associate's degree, certification, or licensure

For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
Contact
Dr. Elena Garcia Ansani
2100 Ridge Avenue
Suite G203
Evanston, IL 60201
847-675-0075

 

OCIYU Scholarship for Undocumented Students

Application Deadline:4/2/2018
Amount:$500
OCIYU fundraises year-round to provide one of the few nationwide scholarship awards programs managed by undocumented youth for undocumented students. The scholarship is only open to undocumented students living in the United States. Whether you live in Orange County, Texas, Rhode Island, or anywhere else in the U.S., are undocumented, and are attending college next fall, this scholarship is for you.

The number of scholarships awarded varies depending on the amount of funds raised during any given year. Recipients will be announced in early summer and will receive their scholarship award before the start of the fall semester.

For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
Contact
Scholarship Committee
1905 E. 17th St.
219
Santa Ana, CA 92705
916-936-2498
 

PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship

Application Deadline:5/31/2018
Amount:$5,000
The PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship Fund is awarding scholarships to students of Latino descent who are
beginning or continuing their studies at a higher education institution. The fund provides financial assistance to
qualified Latino/a students in an effort to promote academic success. PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship
Fund Recipients will be honored at the annual Si Se Puede Gala presented by the Cesar Chavez Foundation. Award
recipients will be required to complete 30 hours of service to the Cesar Chavez Foundation within 12 months of
award. 

Eligibility:
-Applicant must be an incoming or continuing full-time undergraduate student at any education institution for the upcoming academic year
-Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, undocumented, DACA or eligible non-citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
-Applicant may only receive award once
-Applicant's immediate family members are not eligible for award within 12 calendar months (e.g. siblings, parents, or children)

For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
Contact
Brianna Fimbres
1655 E. California Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93307
661-221-2462
 

Support Creativity Graduate Scholarship

Application Deadline:5/5/2018
Amount:$1,000
Design something creative that illustrates your passion for your specific creative field. This can be done in absolutely any medium (drawing, painting, animation, digital media, film, etc.) Submit an essay that explains this piece of work. Also, make sure to express why you should receive this scholarship and any financial hardship that you may be going through. It can be as long as you want and [...] More
 

The Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship

Application Deadline:1/15/2018
Amount:Varies
The Anhelo Project is a not-for-profit organization that consists of a group of student leaders and professionals from various educational institutions and community-based organizations in Chicago. Our goal is to support undocumented students, who despite growing up in the United States and earning a high school diploma, continuously face challenging roadblocks when pursuing a post-secondary [...] More
 

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund College Scholarships

Application Deadline:4/2/2018
Amount:$5,000
HSF/ General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage in obtaining a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to graduating high school seniors, community college transfer students, undergraduate students and graduate students. Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage and have a minimum of 3.0 GPA for high school students. A minimum of 2.5 GPA for college and graduate students. Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited not-for-profit, four-year university or graduate school during the fall of the scholarship cycle year. U.S. Citizen, permanent legal resident, DACA or eligible non-citizen. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
Contact
Scholarship Director
1411 W. 190th Street
Suite 700
Gardena , CA 90248
310-975-3700

 

TheDream.US Community College Graduate Scholarship

Application Deadline:3/8/2018
Amount:Varies
The Community College Graduate Scholarship is available to community college students with demonstrated financial need who have earned their associate's degrees and seek to complete their bachelor's degrees at one of our four-year Partner Colleges. Students who are currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree program are not eligible. Scholars are selected from a nationwide pool of [...] More
 

TheDream.US First Time College Student Scholarship

Application Deadline:3/8/2018
Amount:$25,000
Scholarship Description
The TheDream.US First Time College Student Scholarship is available to high school seniors or high school graduates with demonstrated financial need who are first-time college students and seek to earn a career-ready associate's or bachelor's degree at one of our partner colleges. Students who are currently enrolled in college are not eligible. Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, demonstrate significant unmet financial need and be DACA or TPS eligible to apply. 

For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
Contact
Scholarship Committee
855-670-4787

 

 

Scholarship Name Timeline (Open - Close) Target Demographic Award Amount Academic Works Link
City of Chicago Scholarship 10/16/2017 - 12/1/2017 Current College Students ONLY, Minimum of 2.5 GPA, Demonstrate financial need (FAFSA), Attend a four-year college/university Varies https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2511
Greenhouse Scholars Program 9/1/2017 - 12/1/2017 HS Senior, cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above, U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., up to $5,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2460
Demonstrate financial need: household annual income may not exceed $70,000
Emma L. Bowen Foundation Work/Study Program 10/1/2017 -12/1/2017 HS Senior OR college student, Student of color (African-American, Asian-American, Latino, or Native American), cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, Interested in pursuing a career in the media industry, Plan to attend or are currently a student at a four-year accredited college or university, U.S. citizen or permanent resident Hourly salary and matching funds for college expenses https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1958
Department of the Air Force - Type 1 6/1/2017 - 12/1/2017 HS Senior, Minimum 3.0 GPA, pursue a career in engineering, technology, chemistry, meteorology, etc, Must achieve an SAT composite of 1240 or ACT composite of 26, Enlist in the Air Force Reserve and enroll in Air Force ROTC beginning with the fall term, U.S. citizen, Applicants must be age 17 or older to be considered Full Tuition https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2272
Department of the Air Force - Type 2 6/1/2017 - 12/1/2017 HS Senior, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Pursue a career in engineering, technology, chemistry, meteorology, etc, Must achieve an SAT composite of 1240 or ACT composite of 26, Enlist in the Air Force Reserve and enroll in Air Force ROTC beginning with the fall term, U.S. citizen, Applicants must be age 17 or older to be considered $18,000 per year https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2299
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship 10/1/2017 -12/1/2017 HS Senior or undergraduate student, African-American male, Cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or greater, Involvement in church, community, and/or school-site activities, Plans to enroll at a 4-year college/university up to $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2127
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Scholarship 10/1/2017 -12/1/2017 HS Senior, African-American female, Minimum 2.5 GPA, Must be accepted by an accredited college/university, Must major in a Business related field of study. Varies https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1926
Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education 10/1/2017 - 12/1/2017 HS Senior, Must be Latino/a, Illinois resident, Registered in a two or 4-year college or university in the State of Illinois, Community involvement $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2182
AXA Achievement Scholarship Program 9/5/2017 - 12/15/2017 HS Senior, US citizen, Attending 2-year or 4-year institution, Demonstrate ambition/self-drive $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2499
Foot Locker Scholars Athletes Program 9/1/2017 - 12/15/2017 HS Senior, Minimum GPA of 3.0, Entering college in the Fall of 2018 as a freshman at a four-year school, Currently a member of a high school sports team or be involved in after-school sports, U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident $20,000 dispersed over 4 years https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1994
Sisters Investing in Souls Scholarship 10/31/2017 - 12/15/2017 African-American HS Senior, Middle-income economic status, Minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher, Student must be a resident of the State of Illinois, Declared intention to enroll in a four-year accredited college, two-year city college Varies https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2241
Burger King McLamore Foundation and the James W. McLamore Whopper Scholarship 9/1/2017 - 12/15/2017 HS Senior, US resident, cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, plan to attend an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico $5,000 - $50,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2357
Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders 9/15/2017 - 12/29/2017 HS Senior, At least one parent must be of Hispanic ancestry, Demonstrate financial need (FAFSA), Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student in a four-year or two-year institution in the U.S., Open to DREAMers $500 or $1,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/1866
Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award Sweepstakes 3/13/2017 - 12/31/2017 HS Senior, Plan to attend 2 or 4-year college, US resident $2,500 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2092
Dolores Saxton-Walker Scholarship 10/1/2017 - 12/31/2017 Minority HS Senior student, 3.5 unweighted cumulative GPA, Pursuing a career in business or business-related career, Admitted to college or university  $3,000 https://cps.academicworks.com/opportunities/2129
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