Our Opportunities

Welcome CPS Students and Parents to the Academic Works tool! The application cycle for the 2018-19 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.

CPS Scholarship Resources:

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

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
$2,000 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: 04/26/2019
  • Award: $2,000
Deadline04/26/2019
$250 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Nu Sigma Chapter - Epiphany Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Description: The Nu Sigma Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated at Northwestern University is proud to offer...
Organization & Scholarship Description: The Nu Sigma Chapter of Zeta Phi...
  • Deadline: 04/27/2019
  • Award: $250
Deadline04/27/2019
$5,000 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 Schools...
  • Deadline: 04/30/2019
  • Award: $5,000
Deadline04/30/2019
$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, Aaron...
Scholarship & Organization Description: This Alumni Scholarship was...
  • Deadline: 05/03/2019
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline05/03/2019
$10,000 Daisy E Smith Schurz Scholarship (For Schurz High School)
Scholarship & Organization Description: This scholarships is intended for a Chicago Public Schools Schurz High School senior student who has been...
Scholarship & Organization Description: This scholarships is intended...
  • Deadline: 05/03/2019
  • Award: $10,000
Deadline05/03/2019
$2,500 Lakeside Bank "Write On!" Creative Writing Challenge
Overview of Scholarship & Description: Lakeside Bank is pleased to offer a $2,500 scholarship to deserving CPS HS Seniors in good standing who have...
Overview of Scholarship & Description: Lakeside Bank is pleased to offer...
  • Deadline: 05/03/2019
  • Award: $2,500
Deadline05/03/2019
$10,000 Archie Kelly Smith Lake View Scholarship (For Lake View High School Only)
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 intended...
  • Deadline: 05/10/2019
  • Award: $10,000
Deadline05/10/2019
$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 in...
Scholarship & Organization Description: Alpha Gamma Pi Sorority, Inc....
  • Deadline: 05/17/2019
  • Award: $1,000 - $2,500
Deadline05/17/2019
$500 Carol A. Anselmini Memorial Scholarship (For Lake View High School Only)
Scholarship Description: The Carol Anselmini Memorial Scholarship is a $500.00 scholarship available to TWO Lake View seniors. Eligibility...
Scholarship Description: The Carol Anselmini Memorial Scholarship is a...
  • Deadline: 05/17/2019
  • Award: $500
Deadline05/17/2019
$1,000 John J. Hoellen Scholarship (For Lake View High School Only)
Scholarship Description: The Hoellen Scholar Award will award TWENTY $1,000 scholarships to Lake View seniors. Eligibility Requirements: Must be...
Scholarship Description: The Hoellen Scholar Award will award TWENTY...
  • Deadline: 05/17/2019
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline05/17/2019
$500 Melissa Arnold Scholarship (For Lake View High School Only)
Scholarship Description: Melissa Finney Arnold was a dedicated teacher and taught in Chicago Public Schools for over 22 years. She was a graduate...
Scholarship Description: Melissa Finney Arnold was a dedicated teacher...
  • Deadline: 05/17/2019
  • Award: $500
Deadline05/17/2019
$20,000 Suzy Denvir Scholarship (For Daniel H. Williams Prep School of Medicine)
Description: An annual $5,000 renewable scholarship will be awarded to honor the memory of Suzy Denvir. Purpose: The purpose of the Suzy Denvir...
Description: An annual $5,000 renewable scholarship will be awarded to...
  • Deadline: 05/17/2019
  • Award: $20,000
Deadline05/17/2019
$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: 06/03/2019
  • Award: $1,000 - $2,500
Deadline06/03/2019