Our Opportunities

Welcome CPS Students and Parents to the Academic Works tool! The application cycle for the 2021-22 school year is OPEN (as of August 9, 2021). 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 at CollegeScholarships@cps.edu.

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
$3,000 Dolores Saxton Walker Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The late Dolores Saxton Walker was...
Deadline02/10/2022
$300 Pay It Forward Award (For Bogan High School Only)
Organization & Scholarship Overview: This award is being funded by a...
Deadline02/28/2022
$1,000 - $2,000 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Chicago Alumnae Chapter Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Description: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc....
Deadline03/01/2022
$3,000 - $5,000 IPLAC Educational Foundation Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The IPLAC Educational Foundation...
Deadline03/11/2022
$5,000 James Hardie Inclusion & Diversity Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Overview: At James Hardie Building Products...
Deadline03/18/2022
$5,000 Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Chicago Area (PBKACA)
Organization & Scholarship Description: The Phi Beta Kappa Association...
Deadline03/25/2022
Up to $2,000 Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. - Iota Chapter Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Overview: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is...
Deadline04/01/2022
$5,000 ($1,250 disbursed annually over 4 years) Edward G. Irvin Scholarship Foundation
Organization & Scholarship Description: The Edward G. Irvin Scholarship...
Deadline04/15/2022
$5,000 Shirley Flowers Scholarship (for Jones College Prep High School ONLY)
Scholarship Overview: A scholarship for a graduating student of Jones...
Deadline04/15/2022
$1,000 Gread "Lefty" McKinnis Memorial Scholarship
Organization & Scholarship Overview: The Gread “Lefty” McKinnis Memorial...
Deadline04/30/2022
$1,000 CPS Dream Fund Scholarship
Scholarship Overview: In 2011, CPS Scholarship Manager Marcia Boyd...
Deadline05/13/2022
$1,000 CMA (Chicago Military Academy) C/O 2004 Alumni Scholarship
Scholarship & Organization Description: The Bronzeville Scholarship Fund...
Deadline05/27/2022