Our Opportunities

Welcome CPS Students and Parents to the Academic Works tool! The application cycle for the 2019-20 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
$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: 12/27/2019
  • Award: $3,000
Deadline12/27/2019
$500 - $12,000 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, Inc....
  • Deadline: 03/01/2020
  • Award: $500 - $12,000
Deadline03/01/2020
$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 Association...
  • Deadline: 03/06/2020
  • Award: $5,000
Deadline03/06/2020
$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: 03/15/2020
  • Award: $3,000 - $5,000
Deadline03/15/2020
$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: 03/31/2020
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline03/31/2020
$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: 04/30/2020
  • Award: $10,000
Deadline04/30/2020
$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: 04/30/2020
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline04/30/2020
$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: 04/30/2020
  • Award: $10,000
Deadline04/30/2020
$1,000 Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Delta Sigma Chicago Alumnae Chapter Scholarship
Scholarship & Organization Description: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated has a presence locally, nationally, and worldwide. The sorority was...
Scholarship & Organization Description: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority...
  • Deadline: 04/30/2020
  • Award: $1,000
Deadline04/30/2020
$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: 06/01/2020
  • Award: $1,000 - $2,500
Deadline06/01/2020