Our Opportunities

Welcome CPS Students and Parents to the Academic Works tool! The application cycle for the 2020-21 school year is OPEN (as of August 3, 2020). To begin your scholarship application process, follow these steps:

    1. Sign in using your CPS log in credentials. Ensure accuracy in the spelling of your user email account and ensure the account is checked frequently.
    2. Complete your General Application (a series of preliminary questions to outline your accomplishments) to begin reviewing scholarship applications.
    3. Your application may be Submitted; however, you must check the “Status” bar on your “My Applications” dashboard to ensure that all required references are “Submitted”. If the Status bar displays no additional submissions then your file is incomplete.
    4. Review both “Ours” (embedded applications) and “External” (apply on the scholarship provider website) opportunities by switching your view when you hover your mouse cursor over the “Opportunities” tab.
    5. Scholarships are being updated each week, please make sure you consistently visit the site for new deadlines.

IMPORTANT NOTE: 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 Academic Works tool to help with college costs. Scholarship applications will require closer review for actual eligibility; thoroughly review/read scholarship criteria for best contact, content and instructions on applying. Additionally, please note the following:

  • MOST of the opportunities are for high school senior students (most urgent student group).
  • Some of the opportunities are seeking specific applicants related to the following categories: gender, race/ethnicity, financial need and academic merit.
  • CPS strategic scholarships are offered by an organization, company, institution, foundation, individual or family that specifically targets and awards CPS high school, Chicago, or Illinois students.

CPS Scholarship Resources:

If you have any questions please contact CPS Scholarship Manager Michele Howard at CollegeScholarships@cps.edu.

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
$1,000 WTS Junior College Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Description: WTS fosters the development of women in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals to...
Organization & Scholarship Description: WTS fosters the development of...
  • Deadline: 12/16/2020
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline12/16/2020
$1,000 WTS Transportation YOU High School Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Description: WTS fosters the development of women and girls in the transportation field by encouraging bright new...
Organization & Scholarship Description: WTS fosters the development of...
  • Deadline: 12/16/2020
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline12/16/2020
$3,000 Dolores Saxton Walker Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The late Dolores Saxton Walker was a successful entrepreneur who worked diligently on behalf of the mission of...
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The late Dolores Saxton Walker was...
  • Deadline: 01/01/2021
  • Award: $3,000
Deadline01/01/2021
$5,000 James Hardie Inclusion & Diversity Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The communities we operate in are an integral part of our success, and as part of our commitment to Inclusion...
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The communities we operate in are...
  • Deadline: 02/15/2021
  • Award: $5,000
Deadline02/15/2021
$1,000 Gread "Lefty" McKinnis Memorial Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The Gread “Lefty” McKinnis Memorial Foundation (GLMMF) was established in 2005. GLMMF is dedicated in memory...
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The Gread “Lefty” McKinnis Memorial...
  • Deadline: 03/31/2021
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/31/2021
$1,000 - $2,500 CPS Dream Fund Scholarship
Scholarship Overview: In 2011, CPS Scholarship Manager Marcia Boyd envisioned a talent and need-based, last-dollar scholarship for academically...
Scholarship Overview: In 2011, CPS Scholarship Manager Marcia Boyd...
  • Deadline: 06/01/2021
  • Award: $1,000 - $2,500
Deadline06/01/2021