Our Opportunities

Welcome CPS Students and Parents to the Academic Works tool! The application cycle for the 2017-18 school year is OPEN. 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.

    If you have any questions please contact CPS Scholarship Manager Michele Howard at CollegeScholarships@cps.edu.
  • Opportunities Table
    Award Name Actions
    Tablets and savings bonds Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Commemoration Essay Competition
    The DuSable essay is only open to CPS students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. A school may submit up to three (3) entries. Three (3) citywide winners...
    The DuSable essay is only open to CPS students in 3rd, 4th and 5th...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: Tablets and savings bonds
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    $250 - $2,000 Zeta Phi Beta, Zeta Zeta Chapter - Karen Lynne Harris Memorial Scholarship
    Zeta Zeta Chapter, originally chartered in 1926, was re-chartered on October 3, 1987 as the result of thirty-three graduate and professional women...
    Zeta Zeta Chapter, originally chartered in 1926, was re-chartered on...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $250 - $2,000
    Ended
    $1,000 or $3,000 Money Smart Kid Essay Contest (Elementary)
    In support of Chicago’s Money Smart Week® the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and its partner organizations are once again sponsoring the Money...
    In support of Chicago’s Money Smart Week® the Federal Reserve Bank of...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,000 or $3,000
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    Varies JEH Foundation Educational Scholarship
    The JEH Foundation encourages all young people to continue their education. We want to help eligible high school and college students who have been...
    The JEH Foundation encourages all young people to continue their...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: Varies
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    $500 Doty E. Nash Educational Assistance Scholarship
    The brothers of King David Lodge #100, a subordinate lodge of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, State of...
    The brothers of King David Lodge #100, a subordinate lodge of the Most...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $500
    Ended
    $0.00 Just the Beginning - A Pipeline Organization: Middle School Law Camp
    The Just the Beginning Foundation Middle School Law Camp (MSLC) is a free five-day legal immersion program located at Loyola University Chicago...
    The Just the Beginning Foundation Middle School Law Camp (MSLC) is a...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $0.00
    Ended
    $0.00 Just the Beginning - A Pipeline Organization: Summer Legal Institute
    The Summer Legal Institute (SLI) is a ten-day legal immersion hosted by The John Marshall Law School (315 S. Plymouth Court) in Chicago. The SLI...
    The Summer Legal Institute (SLI) is a ten-day legal immersion hosted by...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $0.00
    Ended
    $1,500 The Natalie Rose Puryear Young Community Leader Scholarship Program
    The Natalie Rose Puryear Community Leader (NPCL) scholarships are awarded to students in recognition of both academic excellence and community...
    The Natalie Rose Puryear Community Leader (NPCL) scholarships are...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,500
    Ended
    $2,000 - $12,000 Chicago State University Merit Scholarships
    Chicago State University (CSU) recognizes the importance of a quality education and is dedicated to helping students find a way to achieve their...
    Chicago State University (CSU) recognizes the importance of a quality...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $2,000 - $12,000
    Ended
    Varies Economic Awareness Council Scholarship
    The Economic Awareness Council is a 501©3 non-profit organization whose mission is to prepare students and families for the economic and financial...
    The Economic Awareness Council is a 501©3 non-profit organization whose...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: Varies
    Ended
    Full Tuition, Room and Board Jackson State University - Valedictorian/Salutatorian Academic Scholarship
    Incoming Freshman who attained the honor of Valedictorian or Salutatorian of graduating class. The scholarship covers Full Tuition, Room and Board...
    Incoming Freshman who attained the honor of Valedictorian or...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: Full Tuition, Room and Board
    Ended
    Full Tuition, Room and Board, Fees and Books Jackson State University: Presidential Academic Scholarship
    Incoming Freshman, College Preparatory Curriculum GPA of 2.5; ACT score of 27 or above of the SAT equivalent. The scholarship covers Full Tuition,...
    Incoming Freshman, College Preparatory Curriculum GPA of 2.5; ACT score...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: Full Tuition, Room and Board, Fees and Books
    Ended
    Scholarship covers cost of tuition School of the Art Institute of Chicago Walter and Shirley Massey Chicago Scholarship
    Designed to attract and retain the best and brightest Chicago area students and artists, the Walter and Shirley Massey Chicago Scholarship at the...
    Designed to attract and retain the best and brightest Chicago area...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: Scholarship covers cost of tuition
    Ended
    over $40,000 for four years Northeastern Illinois University Presidential Scholarship
    The Presidential Scholarship Program attracts graduating high school seniors who demonstrate strong academic promise from the Chicago metropolitan...
    The Presidential Scholarship Program attracts graduating high school...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: over $40,000 for four years
    Ended
    $1,000 Education 4 Excellence Scholarship
    Education for Excellence Scholarship Foundation, Inc. The Foundation will provide at least two (2) monetary awards to selective Chicago Public...
    Education for Excellence Scholarship Foundation, Inc. The Foundation...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,000
    Ended
    $1,000 Lee J. Brockway Scholarship
    Overview: The Midwest/Great Lakes (MW/GL) Lee J Brockway Scholarship is a regional competitive, merit based award program designed to provide...
    Overview: The Midwest/Great Lakes (MW/GL) Lee J Brockway Scholarship is...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,000
    Ended
    Paid summer internship Chicago Summer Business Institute (CSBI)
    Chicago Summer Business Institute (CSBI) is a 501©(3) not-for-profit charitable organization (Illinois Corporation) which provides paid summer...
    Chicago Summer Business Institute (CSBI) is a 501©(3) not-for-profit...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: Paid summer internship
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    $0.00 Lena's Artistic Beauty College Community Service Award
    Lena’s Artistic Beauty College was originally started by Lena Bryant in 1960 in the city of Chicago to give those aspiring to become cosmetologists...
    Lena’s Artistic Beauty College was originally started by Lena Bryant in...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $0.00
    Ended
    $1,000 CME Group Mayoral Award for Student Achievement (CME MASA)
    Chicago Public Schools counselors, college and career coaches, and teachers will have the opportunity to nominate up to five (5) high school...
    Chicago Public Schools counselors, college and career coaches, and...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,000
    Ended
    $1,000 (renewable for 4 years), $4,000 total Urban Ventures Scholarship
    The Urban Ventures Scholarship is presented in Gary on odd-numbered years and in Chicago on even-numbered years (seniors in fall of 2016,...
    The Urban Ventures Scholarship is presented in Gary on odd-numbered...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,000 (renewable for 4 years), $4,000 total
    Ended
    $200.00 Zeta Phi Beta-Nu Sigma Chapter, Epiphany Scholarship
    Organization & Scholarship Description: The Nu Sigma Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. at Northwestern University is proud to offer their...
    Organization & Scholarship Description: The Nu Sigma Chapter of Zeta...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $200.00
    Ended
    $1,000 Future Scholars Scholarship - Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Iota Phi Sigma Alumni Chapter
    Organization & Scholarship Description: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, Iota Phi Sigma Alumni Chapter is pleased to announce the...
    Organization & Scholarship Description: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity,...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,000
    Ended
    $1,000 National Hook-Up of Black Women Scholarship, Chicago Chapter
    Organization & Scholarship Description: The National Hook Up of Black Women, Inc. (NHBW), was founded in 1974 by a small group of spirited...
    Organization & Scholarship Description: The National Hook Up of...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,000
    Ended
    $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...
    Organization & Scholarship Overview: The late Dolores Saxton-Walker...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $3,000
    Ended
    $500 - $1,000 Diamond Dove Achievement Award - Zeta Tau Zeta White Rose Foundation
    Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Zeta Tau Zeta Chapter in partnership with Zeta Tau Zeta White Rose Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce...
    Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Zeta Tau Zeta Chapter in...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $500 - $1,000
    Ended
    $5,000 Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Chicago Area (PBKACA)
    Organization & Scholarship Description: The Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Chicago Area (PBKACA) will offer a one-year $5,000 scholarship...
    Organization & Scholarship Description: The Phi Beta Kappa...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $5,000
    Ended
    $2,500 City Treasurer's Black History Month Scholarship
    Each year the City Treasurer’s Office sponsors a Black History Month Essay Competition. The winner of this competition will receive a $2,500...
    Each year the City Treasurer’s Office sponsors a Black History Month...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $2,500
    Ended
    $5,000 IPLAC Educational Foundation Scholarship
    Organization & Scholarship Overview: The IPLAC Educational Foundation has been organized by the Intellectual Property Law Association of...
    Organization & Scholarship Overview: The IPLAC Educational...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $5,000
    Ended
    $2,000 ($500/year) Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Windy City Scholars
    Organization & Scholarship Description: Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Windy City Chapter is pleased to announce Windy City Scholarship 2018,...
    Organization & Scholarship Description: Jack and Jill of America,...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $2,000 ($500/year)
    Ended
    $1,000 Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Delta Sigma Chicago Alumnae Chapter Scholarship
    Organization Description: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated has a presence locally, nationally, and worldwide. The sorority was founded on...
    Organization Description: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated has a...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,000
    Ended
    $1,000 Gread "Lefty" McKinnis Memorial Scholarship
    The Gread “Lefty” McKinnis Memorial Foundation (GLMMF) was established in 2005. GLMMF is dedicated in memory of former Negro League pitcher, Gread...
    The Gread “Lefty” McKinnis Memorial Foundation (GLMMF) was established...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,000
    Ended
    $1,000 National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) Chicago Chapter Scholarship
    National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) Chicago Chapter was founded on the principal need to positively exploit the talent pool of...
    National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) Chicago Chapter...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,000
    Ended
    $1,000 Buffalo Troopers Motorcycle Club Chicago Chapter Scholarship Program
    Organization & Scholarship Overview In 1993, the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club was founded in Chicago by Ken “Dream Maker” Thomas to...
    Organization & Scholarship Overview In 1993, the Buffalo Soldiers...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,000
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    $1,000 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Chicago Alumnae Chapter - Music Scholarship
    Organization & Scholarship Description: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a public service sorority founded in 1913. The goals of this...
    Organization & Scholarship Description: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,000
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    $12,000 - paid $3,000 per year over 4 years Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Chicago Alumnae Chapter Scholarship
    Organization & Scholarship Description: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a public service sorority founded in 1913. Each year, the Chicago...
    Organization & Scholarship Description: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $12,000 - paid $3,000 per year over 4 years
    Ended
    $5,000 ($1,250 disbursed annually over 4 years) Edward G. Irvin Scholarship Foundation
    The Edward G. Irvin scholarship is provided through the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation. It is awarded to graduating male high school seniors and...
    The Edward G. Irvin scholarship is provided through the Kappa Alpha Psi...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $5,000 ($1,250 disbursed annually over 4 years)
    Ended
    $4,000 Aramark Scholarship for Chicago Public Schools Hospitality & Culinary Arts Students (in memoriam to Denzel Thornton)
    Organization Overview & Scholarship Description: Chicago Public Schools students are increasingly engaged in a myriad of academic advancements....
    Organization Overview & Scholarship Description: Chicago Public...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $4,000
    Ended
    $1,000 Urban Ekonomics - Legacy Scholarship Chicago
    Urban Ekonomics Project – Legacy Scholarship Chicago: This award is provided by a community who knows the promise of education is true. This...
    Urban Ekonomics Project – Legacy Scholarship Chicago: This award is...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,000
    Ended
    $2,500 Lakeside Bank Education Award: 2018 Creative Writing Contest
    Overview of Scholarship & Description: Lakeside Bank is pleased to offer up to four (4) $2,500 scholarships to deserving CPS HS Seniors in...
    Overview of Scholarship & Description: Lakeside Bank is pleased to...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $2,500
    Ended
    $1,000 - $2,500 Alpha Gamma Pi Sorority Scholarship
    Scholarship & Organization Description: Alpha Gamma Pi Sorority, Inc. was founded by Alberta Myers, Youth Editor of the Chicago Daily Defender...
    Scholarship & Organization Description: Alpha Gamma Pi Sorority,...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,000 - $2,500
    Ended
    $10,000 Archie Kelly Smith Scholarship (For Lake View High School)
    Scholarship & Organization Description: This scholarships is intended for a Chicago Public Schools Lake View High School student who has been...
    Scholarship & Organization Description: This scholarships is...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $10,000
    Ended
    $1,000 CMA (Chicago Military Academy) C/O 2004 Alumni Scholarship
    Scholarship & Organization Description: This Alumni Scholarship was founded by four 2004 Chicago Military Academy graduates (Alexander Eadie,...
    Scholarship & Organization Description: This Alumni Scholarship was...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,000
    Ended
    $1,000 - $2,500 CPS Dream Fund Scholarship
    In 2011, CPS Scholarship Manager Marcia Boyd envisioned a talent and need-based, last-dollar scholarship for academically talented undocumented...
    In 2011, CPS Scholarship Manager Marcia Boyd envisioned a talent and...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,000 - $2,500
    Ended
    $1,000 WTS Junior College Scholarship
    Organization & Scholarship Description: WTS fosters the development of women in the transportation field by encouraging bright new...
    Organization & Scholarship Description: WTS fosters the development...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,000
    Ended
    $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...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $1,000
    Ended
    $500 - $1,000 Howard University Alumni Club of Chicago HillHouse Scholarship
    Scholarship & Organization Overview: The Howard University Alumni Club of Chicago (HUACC) has been re-established to provide alumni with a...
    Scholarship & Organization Overview: The Howard University Alumni...
    • Deadline: Ended
    • Award: $500 - $1,000
    Ended