Our Opportunities

Welcome CPS Students and Parents to the Academic Works tool! The application cycle for the 2023-24 school year is OPEN!!. To begin your scholarship application process, follow these steps:

    1. Sign in using your CPS login 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 at CollegeScholarships@cps.edu.

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
$0.00 “No Sweat” Scholarship
This is a quarterly scholarship of $2,500 with a generic theme of*_...
$0.00 Delta Sigma Chicago Alumnae Chapter
Welcome to the 2022 – 2023 Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma...
$0.00 The Evelio and Marcelina Alvarez Family Scholarship
$1,000 - $2,500 CPS Dream Fund Scholarship
Scholarship Overview: In 2011, CPS Scholarship Manager Marcia Boyd...
$50 - $10,000 CPS STEM Exhibition Scholarship (Science Fair)
Any prospective June CPS high school graduate who has participated in...
Varies Up to $10,000 Howard M. Ruskin Scholarship Foundation Application (For Roosevelt HS Only)
Since 2006, the Ruskin Howard Foundation has been awarding scholaships...
$1,000 Langston B. Wesley, Morgan Park High School Memorial Scholarship (Morgan Park HS Only)
The Langston B. Wesley Morgan Park High School Scholarship is awarded...
$2,500.00 The Evelio and Marcelina Alvarez Family Scholarship(Roosevelt Students Only)
The Evelio and Marcelina Alvarez Family Scholarship (Roosevelt HS...
$5,000.00 Chicago Treasurer's Office 2024 Empowerment Scholarship
Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin and the Chicago...