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
$1,000 - $2,000 National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) Chicago Chapter Scholarship
Scholarship Overview: National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) Chicago Chapter was founded on the principal need to positively...
Scholarship Overview: National African American Insurance Association...
  • Deadline: 03/29/2019
  • Award: $1,000 - $2,000
Deadline03/29/2019
$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: 03/31/2019
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/31/2019
$3,000 - $5,000 IPLAC Educational Foundation Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The IPLAC Educational Foundation has been organized by the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago...
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The IPLAC Educational Foundation...
  • Deadline: 03/31/2019
  • Award: $3,000 - $5,000
Deadline03/31/2019
$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 2019 Official Scholarship Application General...
Organization & Scholarship Description: Jack and Jill of America, Inc. –...
  • Deadline: 03/31/2019
  • Award: $2,000 ($500/year)
Deadline03/31/2019
$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 socialize...
Organization & Scholarship Overview In 1993, the Buffalo Soldiers...
  • Deadline: 04/01/2019
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline04/01/2019
$2,000 Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. - Iota Chapter Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Overview: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is the first fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a...
Organization & Scholarship Overview: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is...
  • Deadline: 04/01/2019
  • Award: $2,000
Deadline04/01/2019
$5,000 ($1,250 disbursed annually over 4 years) Edward G. Irvin Scholarship Foundation
Scholarship Description: The Edward G. Irvin scholarship is provided through the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation. It is awarded annually to graduating...
Scholarship Description: The Edward G. Irvin scholarship is provided...
  • Deadline: 04/12/2019
  • Award: $5,000 ($1,250 disbursed annually over 4 years)
Deadline04/12/2019
$500 Chi-Town Goodfellas, Inc. Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The Chi-Town GoodFellas are all products of Chicago Public Schools and we would like to assist at least one...
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The Chi-Town GoodFellas are all...
  • Deadline: 04/20/2019
  • Award: $500
Deadline04/20/2019
$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
$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