Chicago College Scholarships

clare_arch-13-768x515According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the annual cost of attending a four-year college in the United States has risen to more than $18,000 at public institutions and nearly $37,000 at private institutions. That represents a 34% increase since 2003.

That’s made college scholarships more vital than ever to preserve access to higher education and offer more college choices to soon-to-be graduates.

While that’s true across the country, we’ve compiled a list of Chicago college scholarships—available through local organizations and universities—to help students and their parents find the right solution.

College Scholarships for Chicago Students

♦ AKA Imani Pearls Community Development Foundation College Scholarship

Eligibility: African-American seniors from Chicago Public Schools with a GPA of at least 2.85, 40 hours of community service, and residency in Englewood, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Bronzeville, Douglas, Grand Boulevard, or Washington Park neighborhoods

Award: One-time $3,000

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♦ Chicago Engineers Foundation (CEF) Student Incentive Award

Eligibility: Graduating high school senior with residence or school attendance in Chicago and acceptance into an accredited undergraduate engineering program, as well as a composite ACT score of at least 21 (or its SAT equivalent)

Award: Up to $5,000 over four years

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♦ Chicago Public Schools Wentcher Scholars Program

Eligibility: U.S. citizens graduating from Chicago Public Schools with financial need and an unweighted GPA of at least 3.0 and ACT score of at least 20

Award: Up to $10,000 per year for four years

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♦ Chicago Roofing Contractors Association Scholarship

Eligibility: High school seniors accepted as full-time students that plan to study liberal arts and sciences, engineering, architecture, or business and reside in Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Stephenson, Will, or Winnebago counties

Award: $12,000 over four years

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♦ Chicago Star Scholarship

Eligibility: Graduates from Chicago Public Schools with a GPA of at least 3.0 and completion-ready testing in math and English

Award: Free tuition and books for an associate degree at City Colleges of Chicago

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♦ Chicago Urban League Scholarship

Eligibility: Enrolled or accepted student in a degree-granting program with a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a demonstrated financial need

Award: One time up to $4,000

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♦ City Treasurer’s Black History Month Essay Competition

Eligibility: Seniors from Chicago Public Schools planning to enroll in a two- or four- year college with a GPA of at least 2.5 and 50 hours of community service

Award: One-time $2,500

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♦ CME Group Mayoral Award for Student Achievement

Eligibility: Seniors from Chicago Public Schools with a GPA of at least 3.0 in math, economics, finance, or accounting classes, attendance above 90%, and a planned career in business or a related field; applicants must be nominated by a principal, counselor, or coach

Award: One-time $1,000

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♦ Colonel Henry Crown Scholarship

Eligibility: High school senior with a “B” average who has participated in a Junior Achievement of Chicago high school program

Award: Up to $40,000 over four years

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♦ Doty E. Nash Educational Assistance Scholarship

Eligibility: African-American graduating seniors of public or private high schools in the Chicago area

Award: One-time $1,000

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♦ Edward and Shirley Calahan Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Chicago-area high school seniors with a GPA of at least 3.0 who have been accepted into a four-year college or university with financial needs

Award: Up to $5,000 over four years

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♦ Fiesta del Sol Guadalupe A. Reyes Scholarship

Eligibility: Latino/a students accepted into or currently attending an accredited college or university with a GPA of at least 2.5, demonstrated community or school service, and financial needs

Applicants must also (1) live in Southwest Chicago between 16th Street and 79th Street and between 4800 West Cicero Avenue and 500 West Canal Street, (2) volunteer for at least 80 hours at Pilsen Neighbors Community Council or Fiesta del Sol, or (3) be sponsored by a member institution of Gamaliel of Metro Chicago

Award: One-time $1,500 scholarship

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♦ George M. Pullman Educational Foundation Scholarship

Eligibility: Graduating seniors and Cook County residents accepted into a bachelor’s degree college eligible for Title IV aid, with strong financial needs and a GPA of at least 3.0

Award: Up to $10,000 per year for four years

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♦ Gread “Lefty” McKinnis Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Male African-American seniors from Chicago with at least 75 hours of community service and acceptance into a two- or four-year college

Award: One-time $1,000

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♦ IPLAC Educational Foundation Scholarship

Eligibility: Seniors from Chicago Public Schools in the top 25% of their class planning to major in science, engineering, or pre-law

Award: One time up to $5,000

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♦ McKinsey Diverse Young Leaders Scholarship

Eligibility: Hispanic, Latino/a, or African-American students from Chicago Public Schools with an unweighted GPA of at least 3.5 and ACT score of 27 (or SAT score of 1860)

Award: One time up to $5,000

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♦ NAAIA Chicago Scholarship

Eligibility: African-American seniors in the Chicago area, with special preference given to those planning a career in insurance, risk management, business, computer science, actuarial science, or finance

Award: One-time $1,000

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♦ National Norwegian League Scholarship

Eligibility: College-bound high school seniors of Norwegian ancestry residing in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Kendall, McHenry or Will counties

Award: One-time $1,000

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♦ OCA-Chicago 2015 Scholarship

Eligibility: Residents of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, McHenry, Will, Lake (IL), or Kenosha (WI) counties of Asian or Pacific Islander ethnicity with demonstrated financial needs, a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and a strong interest in community service

Award: One-time $30,000 split among 12 recipients

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♦ Palumbo Family Foundation Scholarship

Eligibility: U.S. citizens who have lived in Cook, Dupage, Kane, Lake, and Will counties for at least six months, have a GPA of at least 3.0, and an adjusted gross family income of $47,700 or less

Award: One time up to $10,000

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♦ Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Chicago Area Scholarship Program

Eligibility: Graduates from Chicago Public Schools

Award: One-time $5,000

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♦ Society of Women Engineers Chicago Regional Section Scholarship

Eligibility: Females residing in an Illinois zip code beginning with 600–608, 610–611, or 613, or an Indiana zip code beginning with 463–466 who have an unweighted GPA of at least 3.0 and plan to enter an engineering or computer science program at an accredited college or university

Award: One-time $1,500

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♦ Urban Ventures Scholarship

Eligibility: Minority students from Chicago Public Schools with a GPA of at least 3.0 and planned career in business

Award: $1,000 per year for four years

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♦ William J. Cook Fund Scholarship

Eligibility: Males living in and attending high school in Cook County with plans to enroll in a four-year college or university

Award: Up to $20,000 over four years

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♦ Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta, Karen Lynne Harris Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Female U.S. citizens from the Chicago area with a GPA of at least 2.5

Award: One-time up to $2,000

Chicago-area College and University Scholarships

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Location

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Aurora UniversityAurora, IllinoisScholarship Information
Benedictine UniversityLisle, IllinoisScholarship Information
Calumet College of St. JosephWhiting, IndianaScholarship Information
Carthage CollegeKenosha, WisconsinScholarship Information
Chicago State UniversityChicago, IllinoisScholarship Information
Columbia College ChicagoChicago, IllinoisScholarship Information
Concordia University ChicagoRiver Forest, IllinoisScholarship Information
DePaul UniversityChicago, IllinoisScholarship Information
Dominican UniversityRiver Forest, IllinoisScholarship Information
East–West UniversityChicago, IllinoisScholarship Information
Elmhurst CollegeElmhurst, IllinoisScholarship Information
Governors State UniversityUniversity Park, IllinoisScholarship Information
Hebrew Theological CollegeSkokie, IllinoisScholarship Information
Illinois Institute of TechnologyChicago and Wheaton, IllinoisScholarship Information
Judson UniversityElgin, IllinoisScholarship Information
Lake Forest CollegeLake Forest, IllinoisScholarship Information
Lewis UniversityRomeoville, IllinoisScholarship Information
Loyola University ChicagoChicago, IllinoisScholarship Information
Midwestern UniversityDowners Grove, IllinoisScholarship Information
Moody Bible InstituteChicago, IllinoisScholarship Information
National Louis UniversityChicago, IllinoisScholarship Information
National University of Health SciencesLombard, IllinoisScholarship Information
North Central CollegeNaperville, IllinoisScholarship Information
North Park UniversityChicago, IllinoisScholarship Information
Northeastern Illinois UniversityChicago, IllinoisScholarship Information
Northern Illinois UniversityDeKalb, IllinoisScholarship Information
Northwestern UniversityEvanston, Illinois and ChicagoScholarship Information
Resurrection UniversityChicago, EvanstonScholarship Information
Roosevelt UniversityChicago, IllinoisScholarship Information
Saint Joseph’s CollegeRensselaer, IndianaScholarship Information
Saint Xavier UniversityChicago, IllinoisScholarship Information
School of the Art Institute of ChicagoChicago, IllinoisScholarship Information
Shimer CollegeChicago, IllinoisScholarship Information
St. Augustine CollegeChicago, IllinoisScholarship Information
Telshe YeshivaChicago, IllinoisScholarship Information
Trinity Christian CollegePalos Heights, IllinoisScholarship Information
Trinity International UniversityDeerfield, IllinoisScholarship Information
University of ChicagoChicago, IllinoisScholarship Information
University of Illinois at ChicagoChicago, IllinoisScholarship Information
University of St. FrancisJoliet, IllinoisScholarship Information
VanderCook College of MusicChicago, IllinoisScholarship Information
Wheaton CollegeWheaton, IllinoisScholarship Information